Gyokou no Nikuko-chan

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 漁港の肉子ちゃん
English: Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 11, 2021
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Duration: 1 hr. 36 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.241 (scored by 31943,194 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #30932
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #6073
Members: 11,225
Favorites: 35

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Kikuko Misuji, more often called "Nikuko-chan," is known by everyone in her small northern town as the happy fat lady at the grill. Having lived arduously traveling from man to man and town to town for the bulk of her life, Nikuko-chan finally seems to have settled down on a houseboat docked in the bay with her daughter—also named Kikuko.

Together, the pair does their best to find their place in the world. For the bold and brash Nikuko-chan, her spirited behavior easily guides her toward the earnest goal. However, for the quiet and reserved Kikuko, who is often embarrassed by her mother's antics, each day can be just as uninspiring as the last. From middle school drama to solving the mystery of her strange classmate Ninomiya, Kikuko's adolescence is full of many twists and turns.

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Gyokou no Nikuko-chan premiered internationally at the 45th Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The film was also screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival on August 22, 2021, where it won the Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation.

In October 2021, the film won the Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies President's Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Film Festival. In the same month, it won the Jury Award at the Scotland Loves Animation Film Festival. The film was awarded the Animation Film Award at the 46th Hochi Film Awards in December 2021. In March 2022, the movie was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 45th Japan Academy Film Prize as well as the Annie Award for Best Indie Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards. Later that month, the film won the Excellence Award at the 25h Japan Media Arts Festival.

Gyoukou no Nikuko-chan was licensed by GKIDS and received an American theatrical release as Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko on June 2, 2022. It was shown along with a screening of the television show Deji Meets Girl. The company published the film on Blu-ray and DVD on July 19, 2022.

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Opening Theme

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"Image no Uta (イメージの詩)" by Kurumi Inagaki (稲垣来泉)

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Oct 15, 2023
*Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko* is hyper-focused on 12-year-old Kikuko and how she views the world. When alone, Kikuko imagines external things making brief remarks. A lizard would say in a devious man's voice her darker thoughts. A shrine Torii gate would speak to her like a passer-by salesman, and a cicada would lament that he lived underground for 7 years only to die above within days. My favourite is a penguin that cries, "Death to all!"

In portraying her experience of the world and how it changes over time, the film doesn't tell one continuous plot, opting to tell several that kickstart her coming-of-age. A small ...
Jan 14, 2023
This was a very beautiful movie. The art was beautiful, the story was beautiful, and even the theme was beautiful.

The art was almost comparable to that of ghibli, except more expressive. It wasn't just a plus, it actually helped to set the entire tone of the movie and even just scenes on their own. The laughing and the crying of the mother made it clear that this was going to be a heartwarming movie, but the nearly continuous expression of the daughter (or others around her) gave the tone more nuanced.

The story was one where I feel many people could find a part they relate ...
Sep 2, 2022
Mixed Feelings
**TL;DR AT THE END.** i am genuinely sorry that this review is so long. i will be discussing the fat elements of this movie a lot, since it's a perspective i understand intimately.

a quick summary of this movie: it's a sweet slice of life centered on the protagonist, 12 year old Kikuko. the movie is split into three arcs which cover three seasons. in the summer, Kikuko gets into her first Petty Middle School Drama at school when her only friend forces her to make a tough social decision. in the fall, Kikuko begins a friendship with a quiet, strange boy that goes to ...

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