July 10, 2022 2 min read


Summer Ghost is a Japanese animated short film produced by Flat Studio and directed by loundraw. It was released in Japanese theaters on November 12, 2021. The anime movie is heading to North America sometime in summer 2022, GKIDS has announced. It will be available in both Japanese and an English dub.


Meanwhile, the cast includes Chiaki Kobayashi as Tomoya, Miyuri Shimabukuro as Aoi, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Ryo, and Rina Kawaei as the “Summer Ghost” Ayane Sato.

Tomoya Sugisaki, Aoi Harukawa, and Ryo Kobayashi, who are troubled high schoolers that become acquainted through the internet. The three teens wish to meet the “Summer Ghost,” an urban legend and ghost in the form of a young woman who is said to appear when there are fireworks. 
Tomoya cannot live the life he envisioned for himself. Aoi cannot find her place in the world. Ryo has his once shining future suddenly pulled away. Each has its own reason for needing to meet the summer ghost. The Summer Ghost is said to be able to answer any and all questions pertaining to death—something the three teenagers desperately want to know more about.
Fun Facts about The Summer Ghost:
  1. The Summer Ghost is believed to be the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide.
  2. Ayane Sato the “Summer Ghost”,  reveals that only those who are “about to touch their death” are able to see her. 
  3. Summer Ghost is part of loundraw’s Project Common multimedia project and is his movie directorial debut. 
  4. The film is assured and distinctive, touching on universal themes as well as feeling intensely personal. The film was inspired by a sketch of loundraw’s, and he carries his pared-back style into Summer Ghost – a film he was compelled to bring to life by creating his own animation house, Flat Studio.
  5. Loundraw says that the four characters in the film – Tomoya, Aoi, Ryō, and Ayane – are based on aspects of his own personality, with the intention of encouraging the audience to empathise with at least one of the characters, who each has their own struggles, at the same time as making it universal.

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