June 6, 2022

“Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko” Arrives on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD

The Delightful Animated Film Arrives on July 19, 2022

The charming anime film Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko will be released in a Blu-Ray™ + DVD combo, as well for digital download on all major platforms, from GKIDS, with distribution from Shout! Factory on July 19, 2022. Packed with bonus features including a “Making of” documentary, the Blu-Ray™ + DVD combo Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is currently available for pre-order on GKIDS.com.

Planned and produced by the beloved Japanese actor and comedian Sanma Akashiya, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko was based on the novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi. From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game) comes a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama with touches of magical realism. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is about an unconventional family and the bonds that they share in their sleepy seaside town.

The uplifting film was awarded a Jury Special Mention in Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and continued collecting accolades including a Best Independent Feature nomination at the 49th Annual Annie Awards. The film marks the latest collaboration between GKIDS and STUDIO4°C, following GKIDS’ local distribution of previous STUDIO4°C works Children of the Sea (from Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’s director Ayumu Watanabe), MFKZ, Mind Game, Genius Party, and Genius Party Beyond.


Brash single mother Nikuko is well-known for her bold spirit, much to the embarrassment of Kikuko, her pensive yet imaginative daughter. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Life in the harbor is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.

Bonus Features

  • Making Of
  • Film Completion Press Conference
  • Official Premiere Event
  • Sanma Akashiya Birthday Event
  • Guest Speaker Event
  • Trailers

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