Guest Cancellation: Poupelle of Chimney Town creator Akihiro Nishino is no longer able to attend Anime NYC this year due to a schedule change. We will continue to host a screening of Poupelle of Chimney Town with a special bonus, and we hope to welcome him in the future.

Born in 1980, Akihiro Nishino is a comedian and picture book author. He formed the comic duo, King Kong, with Yuta Kajiwara in 1999. In addition to his work as a comedian, he has authored many picture books. He is most known globally as the creator of Poupelle of Chimney Town.

Originally a book, Poupelle of Chimney Town has since been transformed into a stage play and animated film from Studio 4°C. Nishino served as Screenwriter and Executive Producer of the Poupelle of Chimney Town film.

Poupelle of Chimney Town is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the stars – to know the truth – his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. Spectacularly beautiful, filled with inspiring performances and splendid music and sound effects, and produced at Tokyo’s famed Studio 4ºC, Poupelle of Chimney Town brings laughter, tears, and joy. Presented together with Eleven Arts.