Gyokou no Nikuko-chan

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

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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: 7.151 (scored by 19951,995 users)
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Ranked: #33432
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Popularity: #6543
Members: 7,767
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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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Jun 6, 2022
It's 9/10 on the wholesome media scale.(Unbiased)
It's 4.5/10 against all genre's and forms of media. (Biased)
( had 30minutes to spare so I watched it in 4x and I got a 4.5/10 experience out of my time. )

The art is great and there were some trippy scenes here and there but I won't recommend it to anyone unless you really MUST watch something wholesome.
( I watched till the end because the fat lady reminded me of my mom ).

Overall the characters are very bland but I really liked the fat lady's story I can see it being relatable to anyone who face atleast some kind ...
Feb 7, 2022
From the cover image and sample At first I thought It is a story that simply focuses on the story being told through the relationship between mother and child. But in fact, many issues It's also very interesting.

The flow of the story is very small. especially if compared to the work JAMNIMEFestival2022 That counts only the original story, probably because of a simple synopsis And the studio that does it is Studio 4°C, which doesn't have much role in the anime industry in a good way.

Kikuko is a young schoolgirl whose only mother, Nikuko, takes care of her. which this mother He's a very optimistic ...
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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