Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni (Land of Gold, Land of Water) anime movie in Spring 2023 adapts the fantasy rom-com manga

Key visual for the upcoming film Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni featuring Princess Saara and Naranbayar.
Key visual for the upcoming film Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni. Pic credit: @warnerbros.co.jp/kinnokuni-mizunokuni-movie/

Nao Iwamoto’s manga Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni (Gold Country, Water Country/Land of Gold, Land of Water) is getting an anime movie adaptation, which is now in production!

Nao Iwamoto is best known for being the author and artist of the following manga: Kokontouzai Shigotoshuu, Marronnier Oukoku no Shichinin no Kishi, Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni, Yesterday, Yes a Day, and Machi de Uwasa no Tengu no Ko.

A key visual has been released teasing a Spring 2023 premiere.

Key visual for the upcoming film Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni featuring Princess Saara and Naranbayar.
Full version of the key visual for the upcoming film Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni. Pic credit: @warnerbros.co.jp/kinnokuni-mizunokuni-movie/

What is the plot of Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni?

The story is set in a world where long ago, there were two neighboring countries that were on hostile terms. The two counties would argue over petty irritations, such as: “the grass from your nation keeps getting into mine every single day” or “the sound of futons getting hit in your nation is annoying”.

Eventually, this insanity culminated in a war being started over an infamous “Dog poop incident”. In the ensuing chaos, the gods decided to intervene and mediated a truce between the heads of the two nations. The gods decreed that Land A would send the most beautiful girl in the land to Land B, and that Land B would send the smartest boy in all the land to Land A, and they would both be wed.

Cover of the first manga issue of Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni, featuring Princess Saara and Naranbayar.
Cover of the first manga issue of Kin no Kuni, Mizu no Kuni. Pic credit: @anime-planet.com

The story truly begins when two people who never would have met because they lived in countries that were enemies are suddenly told that they will have to marry each other. The calm princess Saara and the good-natured architect Naranhayar both put their duty towards their countries before their own feelings when they agree to the arranged marriage, but unexpectedly while they begin to play the role of “husband and wife” they begin to fall in love.

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However, will their “forbidden love” be able to move their countries to finally put aside their differences and embrace peace, or will their countries reignite the flames of war?

What are the members of the project team?

Director Kotono Watanabe and scriptwriter Tsubota Fumi will be part of the project team at Madhouse Studio. Kotono Watanabe is most known for directing: Prince of Stride: Alternative, Ore Monogatari!!, Hanayamata, No Game No Life, Chihayafuru and Btooom!

Also, assisting in directing the film will be director Mitsuyuki Masuhara known for Ace of Diamond.

What is another of Nao Iwamoto’s popular mangas?

Machi de Uwasa no Tengu no Ko (Spiritual Princess) is another of Nao Iwamoto’s popular manga. The story centers on a seemingly normal junior high school girl named Akihime, who is in fact the daughter of Ryokuhouzan’s tengu. Akihime lives in the human world with her mother and tries to live a “normal human life”.

However, her childhood friend Shun is constantly trying to convince Akihime to leave the humans, return to the mountains with him and become true tengus together. Despite Shun’s persistence Akihime remains unmoved due to the fact she harbors secret feelings towards her classmate, Takeru-kun.

The cover of the first manga issue of Machi de Uwasa no Tengu no Ko, featuring Akihime.
The cover of the first manga issue of Machi de Uwasa no Tengu no Ko. Pic credit: @anime-planet.com

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