Director Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has revealed his new anime film project, which will mark the I.G Port subsidiary studio Signal.MD’s first anime feature. Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~ (Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me) will also be Kamiyama’s first directing project since 2012’s 009 Re:Cyborg, and it’s set to open in Japanese cinemas in 2017. As well as two character designs, for the main character Kokone Morikawa and the sidecar that transforms into a robot named Hearts, the film’s website also revealed a background painting as a sneak preview.
Set in Okayama Prefecture in 2020, just before the Tokyo Olympics, Kamiyama describes its story as one of a father and daughter which is close to his personal feelings. Kamiyama also wrote the script, and Satoko Morikawa of The Cat Returns is designing the characters with Shigeto Koyama of Mitchiko & Hatchin in charge of mechanical design. Christophe Ferreira, who has animated episodes of Bleach, Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, has confirmed that he is working on the concept art, storyboards and animation, and Warner Bros. is distributing the film.