Dōkyūsei/Classmates Boys-Love Film's May U.S. Opening Listed, Then Removed (Updated)

posted on 2016-02-09 15:08 EST

Update: Eleven Arts has removed a Twitter post that indicated that the Dōkyūsei (Classmates) anime film will open in the United States in May. The original article appears below:

Film distribution company Eleven Arts announced over Twitter on Tuesday that the anime film of Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love manga will open in theaters in the United States this May.

Aniplex of America previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the film.

The story begins during music class before the chorus festival, when male student Hikaru Kusakabe notices that the bespectacled honor student Rihito Sajō is not singing. Although he thinks that Rihito just doesn't like singing, he finds him practicing alone in the classroom after school. Without even thinking, Hikaru calls out to him.

Kenji Nojima (Sailor Moon Crystal, Psycho-Pass) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Shirokuma Cafe, Durarara!!) are starring in the anime as Rihito Sajō and Hikaru Kusakabe, respectively. Hideo Ishikawa is playing Manabu Hara.

Shouko Nakamura (Penguindrum, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures with character designs by Akemi Hayashi. Chieko Nakamura is serving as the art director and Ritsuko Utagawa is handling color design. Guitarist Kōtarō Oshio and vocalist Yuki Ozaki from the band Galileo Galilei (anohana, Haikyu!! Second Season) will perform the film's theme song "Dōkyūsei." Oshio is also composing the film's music.

The film will open in Japan on February 20.

Nakamura published the original manga in Japan in 2006 in one compiled volume. The series was followed by the spinoff Sora to Hara and sequels Sotsugyōsei (Graduates) and O.B.. Digital Manga Guild has licensed Dōkyūsei and Sotsugyōsei in English, although the company has not yet released Sotsugyōsei.

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