The trailer for the Saudi Japanese anime “The Journey” released at the same time as the Berlinale

Inspired by Arab folklore, The trip tells the story of Aws, a potter with a secret past, who is caught in an epic battle to defend his city. The anime is a co-production with major Japanese studio TOEI Animation and is directed by acclaimed animation director Shizuno Kobun, whose credits include Godzilla: the city on the brink of battle. Japanese dubbing artists include names well known in the Japanese region such as Toru Furuya, Takaya Kuroda, and Hiroshi Kimiya, while the Arabic version has been dubbed by famous artists such as Abdu Shaheen, Rasha Rizq, and Nassar AlNassar.

Toni El Massih, Content Manager at VOX Cinemas, added: “We are extremely excited to bring Saudi Japanese anime to the big screen later this year. The anime culture is huge in the Middle East and moviegoers in the region are also looking for local content, so we have no doubts that The trip will be a big hit with moviegoers. Manga Productions is a pioneer in animation and VOX Cinemas is proud to partner with them for the distribution of this film to ensure that quality Arabic language feature films are accessible to our discerning audience.

Manga Productions, which is an affiliate of the MiSK Foundation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, focuses on the production of value-driven animation and the development of video games and comics with creative and positive content that targets different local and international social groups.

The trip is slated to hit theaters in the MENA region and Japan in the summer of 2021. The trailer is currently playing in VOX Cinemas theaters in the MENA region and is also on Click here to watch the trailer.


About Manga Productions

Manga Productions is a subsidiary of the MiSK Foundation, created by the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Manga productions specialize field trips within the creative industries. Its activities include the production and distribution of animation, video games, comics, training of local talent as well as investment in the creative content industry.

Manga Productions was created for:

  • Tell stories to inspire the heroes of tomorrow.
  • Transfer content development technologies from experienced countries to Saudi Arabia
  • Build and enhance professional content development in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world
  • Support and encourage start-ups and young talents in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world in the fields of the creation of comics, animation and video games.

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the pioneer of shopping centers, communities, retail and leisure in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to “create great moments for everyone, every day”. It has since grown into one of the most respected and successful companies in the UAE, covering 17 international markets, employing over 43,000 people and achieving the highest credit rating (BBB) ​​among companies. private areas of the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with other developments underway in the area. The shopping center portfolio includes the Mall of the Emirates, the Mall of Egypt, City Center shopping malls, My City Center neighborhood malls and five community malls which are in joint venture with the government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee of Carrefour in more than 30 markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 350 points of sale and an online store.

Majid Al Futtaim operates over 500 VOX Cinemas screens as well as a portfolio of world-class leisure and entertainment experiences in the region, including Ski Dubai, Ski Egypt, Dreamscape, Magic Planet, Little Explorers and iFLY Dubai. The Company is the parent company of consumer finance company “Najm” and a fashion, home and specialty retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, AllSaints, lululemon Athletica , Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde, LEGO and That, a concept store and a Majid Al Futtaim fashion app. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facilities and energy management company, through a joint venture with Veolia, a world leader in optimized management of environmental resources.

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