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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern 2nd Film Opens in Japan on October 19

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed on Thursday that Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman (Haikara-san ga Tōru the Movie II: The Grand Tokyo Romance), the second film, will open in Japan on October 19.

Toshiaki Kidokoro (March comes in like a lion episode director, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? line director) replaced the previously announced Mitsuko Kase (Ristorante Paradiso, Young Black Jack) as the director of the second film.

Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter) directed Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, the first film in the series, which opened in Japan last November. Eleven Arts is screening the first film theatrically in the United States and Canada on June 8 in Japanese with English subtitles with the title Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1. Eleven Arts has announced that the second film is scheduled for this fall in the United States but has not confirmed a release window for Canada. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

The story is set in Tokyo in the Taishō era (1912-1926). The story follows Benio "Haikara-san" Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy — contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman's right to a career and to marry for love.

Haikara-san's best friends are the beautiful Tamaki, who is much more feminine than Haikara-san but equally interested in women's rights, and Ranmaru, a young man who was raised to play female roles in the kabuki theater and as a result has acquired very effeminate mannerisms. Haikara-san's betrothed is Shinobu Ijūin, a second lieutenant in the army.

Sources: Haikara-san ga Tooru Official Website, Comic Natalie via Hachima Kikō

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