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The Kadokawa Anime Channel on YouTube began streaming the teaser trailer for the Gekijō-ban Sora no Otoshimono: Tokei Jikake no Angeloid film this week. The project serves as a continuation of the two Sora no Otoshimono (Heaven's Lost Property) anime series, which adapted Suu Minazuki's manga of the same name. The film, which will introduce a new Angeloid character, will open in Japan this summer.
Kadokawa Pictures describes the Sora no Otoshimono film as "a date movie for 'ria-jū.'" "Ria-jū" is a recent slang term for people who enjoy real life, as opposed to otaku. Series script supervisor Yuuko Kakihara and character designer Yoshihiro Watanabe are returning from the television version to work on the film.
The movie news source Cinema Today began streaming the 91-second trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Hidenori Hara's Hoshi no Furumachi - When You Wish Upon a Star coming-of-age manga last week. The main character, Kōtarō Tsutsumi, is unable to get into a Tokyo prep school, so he ends up transferring to a high school in Himishi in central Japan where he has relatives. Through the various encounters with the locals — in particular, a high school classmate and girl next door named Nagisa Ichinose — his life is slowly but inexorably turned around for the better. The film will will open in Japan on March 26.
On Thursday, the Yahoo! Japan began streaming a 91-second trailer for Hideaki Sato's Kore de Ii no da! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio live-action film about the life of the late gag comedy manga pioneer Fujio Akatsuka (Tensai Bakabon, Himitsu no Akko-chan). The film adapts the Akatsuka Fujio no Koto o Kaita no da!! biography by Akatsuka's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine editor, Toshiki Takei. The film will open in Japan on April 30.
Cinema Today is also streaming the trailer for Noboru Iguchi's film remake of the 1974-1975 live-action special-effects television series Karate-Robo Zaborgar. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 28, and it will then open in Japan this year.