KILLTUBE Original Anime Film Premiere in 2026!

Based on the theme of “Edo punk".

CHOCOLATE Inc. has announced the launch of its original theatrical anime “KILLTUBE” directed by Kazuaki Kuribayashi, scheduled for a simultaneous global release in 2026. The company has also unveiled a 1-minute pilot for this upcoming experimental anime film project.

Pilot Film:

Official Synopsis:

In 2026, Japan continues its isolation under the Edo Shogunate. Amidst strict social hierarchies, three individuals, treated as scums ofsociety, cross paths in a prison cell destined for a fateful encounter. They join the dueling video platform “KILLTUBE” to pursue fortune and to win their freedom in a segregational world.In an era dubbed the “Age of Great Duels,” where one can amassimmense wealth simply by defeating the strong, they face discrimination from samurais and merchants seeking power and authority. As they break the limits of convention and claim victory after victory, they rise in popularity, becoming decorated celebritiesof their time.However, just as they reach the height of their fame, they uncover the hidden truth behind “KILLTUBE”..

FULL STAFF:
Director & Planner: Kazuaki Kuribayashi
Co-creators: VFX studio Kassen, Wachajack
Scriptwriters: Saeri Natsuo, Ryo Takemura, Takenori Tokuyama
World View Setting: Yusuke Ujita
Technical Direction: CAVIAR’s Takumi Shiga , Masato Goto, Bivi, Frog96, Marusou
Character Design/Technical Direction: Nike Shimaguchi
Technical Direction/VFX Supervisor: Kassen’s Takahiro Ota
Music Director: Matsuza Katakumi
Music Composition: Takao Ogi
Concept Art Director: Wachajack’s Fujihiko Sawai
Concept Artist: Shusei Sasaya
Character Settings: ARuFa
Graphic Designer: Masataka Yoshida
Art Director: Takuya Sekikawa
CG Lead Animator: StudioNoco’s Daisuke Kaneko
CG Supervisor: Yūki Mizoguchi
CG Animation Supervisor: MontBlanc Pictures’s Satoshi Takeno
Background Modeling Supervisor: Barehand’s Jun Kazuse
CG Effects Supervisor: Tai Komatsu
Technical Artist: Hiroyuki Okada
CG Producer: Nanao Nakatsuka
Production: STUDIO DOTOU
Produced by: CHOCOLATE Inc.

KILLTUBE‘s Twitter account also shared conceptual visuals depicting the film’s settings in Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Official post:

About CHOCOLATE Inc.:

CHOCOLATE Inc. is a company dedicated to creating diverse entertainment content and crafting a future that inspires. We have produced over 1,000 entertainment pieces, includinglive-action films, documentaries,characters, YouTube channels, and board games. Among our notable works is the feature film “MONDAYS:See You ‘This’ Week!,” which won the Grand Prize in the feature-length category at the 2023 Vevey International Funny Film Festival in Switzerland, and the character “Blue Ham Ham,” known for collaborations withrenowned global artists. We aim for our journey with this original work “KILLTUBE” to become the new standard in entertainment creation.

About “KILLTUBE”:

In 2026, Japan continues its isolation under the Edo Shogunate. Amidst strict social hierarchies, three individuals, treated as scums of society, cross paths in a prison cell destined for a fateful encounter. They join the dueling video platform “KILLTUBE” to pursuefortune and to win their freedom in a segregational world…This battle entertainment follows three underdogs who defy public ridicule and rise to the top in a closed environment.

Source: Press Release

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