Studio Ponoc Releases Trailer for Its New Omnibus Film Modest Heroes - Crab, Egg, and Invisible Man

Kaela Kimura performs the ED theme song "Chiisana Eiyu (Modest Heroes)"

Tokyo-based anime production company Studio Ponoc has released a 90-second full trailer for its upcoming omnibus film Chiisana Eiyu - Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen (Modest Heroes - Crab, Egg, and Invisible Man) with some character voices. The three-episode film will be released as the first installment of the company's new "Ponoc Short Films Theater" project in Japan on August 24, 2018.  


"Chiisana Eiyu - Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen"


"Kanini to Kanino/Kanini & Kanino" (15 minutes)

 Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and The Witch's Flower)

 CV: Fumino Kimura, Rio Suzuki

 Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu (Mary and The Witch's Flower)

 - Yonebayashi's first original story about a great adventure fantasy by the two crab brothers to find their missing father.


"Samurai Egg/Life Ain't Gonna Loose" (15 minutes)

 Director: Yoshiyuki Momose (GHIBLIES episode2

 CV: Machiko Ono, Souta Shinohara, Kenta Sakaguchi

 Music: Masanori Shimada 

 - A heart-touching human drama about love between a boy who has an egg allergy and his mother.


"Toumei Ningen/Invisible" (14 minutes)

 Director: Akihiko Yamashita (The Borrower Arrietty animation director)  

 CV: Joe Odagiri (Kamen Rider Kuuga), Min Tanaka 

 Music: Yasutaka Tanaka (Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu producer)

 - A spectacle action about a lonely battle of an invisible man.



Studio Ponoc's founder Yoshiaki Nishimura serves as producer for all three episodes. 33-year-old singer/

fashion model Kaela Kimura performs the whole film's ED theme song "Chiisana Eiyu," which you can hear

in the end of the trailer.


90-second full trailer



30-second trailer


Poster visual


Voice cast


Kaela Kimura



Studio Ponoc was established by ex-Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura on April 15, 2015. Nishimura, who

served as the producer for Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) and Yonebayashi's When

Marnie Was There (2014), left Studio Ghibli at the same time with Yonebayashi in the end of 2014. Many of

ex-Ghibli animators and staff have reportedly joined the studio.


The studio's first feature film Mary and the Witch's Flower based on British novelist Mary Stewart's children

novel The Little Broomstick was released in Japan in July 2017 and made 3.29 billion yen from its domestic run.



Source: "Chiisana Eiyu - Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen" official website




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