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North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast on Thursday for its upcoming release of the Colorful anime film. Sentai Filmworks will release the film on bilingual DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 14.
The cast is as follows:
Makoto Kobayashi — Greg Ayres
Shoko Sano — Brittney Karbowski
Hiroka Kuwahara — Emily Neves
Pura Pura — Luci Christian
Saotome — Clint Bickham
Makoto's Mother — Carli Mosier
Makoto's Father — David Wald
Mitsuru Kobayashi — Chris Patton
Principal — Christopher Ayres
Mr. Sawada — David Matranga
Kids at Snack Store — Kalin Coates, Emily Neves
Mao — Genevieve Simmons
Doctor — Mark X Laskowski
Nurse — Genevieve Simmons
Worker at Gomensoro — Brent Marshall
Additionally, the following people will play classmates: Christopher Ayres, Clint Bickham, Mark X Laskowski, Brent Marshall, Carli Mosier, Emily Neves, Chris Patton, Genevieve Simmons, and David Wald. Christopher Ayres is directing the dub.
Colorful follows a person trapped outside the endless circle of life and death. Thanks to winning a lottery in the angel world, the protagonist is brought back to inhabit the body of a 14-year-old boy — who just committed suicide. Thus, the protagonist begins a new life. The film is based on Eto Mori's young adults' novel of the same name, which won the Sankei Children's Publishing Cultural Prize in 1999.
Colorful received an Award of Excellence in Animation at the 34th Japan Academy Prizes in 2010. The film won the Best Animation Film Award at 65th Mainichi Film Awards in 2011, and also won the Mention spéciale (Special Distinction) and the Prix du public (Audience Award) in the Feature Film category at France's Annecy, the world's largest animation film festival, in 2011.
Keiichi Hara (Summer Days with Coo, Crayon Shin-chan films) directed the film at Sunrise. Miho Maruo (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, The Dog of Flanders) wrote the film's screenplay and Atsushi Yamagata (The Tower of Druaga: the Sword of Uruk) handled the character design. Kô Ôtani (Shakugan no Shana, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Hakuōki) handled the music.