See A Disturbed Village In Gannibal First Look

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Disney+ has released a trailer for its highly anticipated Japanese original series Gannibal. Billed as a psychological thriller, the story is based on the best-selling manga by Masaaki Ninomiya. The story is adapted for television by Takamasa Oe and produced by Teruhisa Yamamoto. The pair were nominated for Academy Awards for their work on the critically acclaimed feature Drive My Car by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.

Gannibal’s worldwide Disney+ release date was revealed at The Walt Disney Company’s s annual content showcase in Singapore. The series is set to premiere on December 28th. It is set in a fictional village called Okamura, hidden in the mountains of Japan. When police officer Daigo Agawa is assigned to the village, he is warmly welcomed by the villagers at first. But after an old woman is found dead, he slowly begins to suspect that something is deeply wrong with the village and its residents.

Trapped in a hostile environment with suspense around every corner, Agawa roams the streets of the village while attempting to bring those responsible to justice before it’s too late. According to The Hollywood ReporterGannibal is directed by Shinzo Katayama of Siblings on the Cape fame. The series stars Yuya Yagira as Daigo Agawa, alongside Show Kasamatsu (Tokyo Vice, Love You as the World Ends) and Riho Yoshioka (Haken Anime! and The Romance Manga Artist).


Yuya Yagira previously won the 57th Cannes International Film Festival Actor Award for Nobody Knows. Speaking about the upcoming Disney+ series, producer Teruhisa Yamamoto said Gannibal is a thriller that will leave audiences gasping with shock after every episode. However, he explained that it’s also a human story that reflects on the differences between family values and culture. Those two can seem so contradictory at a glance but are actually so relatable.

“With Gannibal and our other Japanese local content, we are building on Disney’s rich history of storytelling and are combining it with Japanese creativity to open new doors of entertainment for everyone,” Yamamoto said about Gannibal via The Hollywood Reporter. He also expressed his excitement about bringing together a wonderful cast staff, who should be the next generation of the Japanese entertainment industry, to create something that exceeds the expectations of original fans and viewers.

Gannibal is one of several new collections announced by Disney during its content showcase on November 30th, such as Dragons of Wonderhatch, House of the Owl, and Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown. Other titles unveiled by Indonesian creatives also include Hubungi Agen Gue! and the second season of Wedding Agreement – The Series.

Updates on previously-announced titles Tira, Teluh Darah (Blood Curse), Jurnal Risa (Risa’s Journal: From the Danur Universe), and Mendua (Between Two Hearts) were also announced during the event, NME reports.

Along with members of the Gannibal creative team, award-winning producer and writer Mira Lesmana, writer and Youtuber Risa Saraswati, and stars Chelsea Islan, Deva Mahendra, Adinia Wirasti, and Refal Hady were also present at the Disney event. These projects will be released to viewers worldwide throughout 2023.