Anime Anthology ‘Modest Heroes’ Due June 18

Shout! Factory and animation distributor GKIDS will release the animated anthology Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre Vol. 1 digitally and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo June 18.

From the Studio Ponoc, creators of Mary and The Witch’s Flower, Modest Heroes offers three tales crafted by some of the top talent working in Japanese animation today.

“Kanini & Kanino” was directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi; “Life Ain’t Gonna Lose” features the voice of Maggie Q and was helmed by Yoshiyuki Momose, who was a key animator at Studio Ghibli; and “Invisible” director Akihiko Yamashita was a key animator on many of Hayao Miyazaki’s best-known films. Each is produced by Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura.

Extras include the featurette “Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc, the film completion press conference, interviews with the Japanese voice cast, art galleries, trailers and TV spots.