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Natsume's Book of Friends Film Opens in Malaysia on October 20

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Odex announced on Friday that its screening of Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will open with a fan screening in Malaysia on October 20 at the GSC Mid Valley Megamall.

The film opened in Japan on September 29, and it topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend, selling 117,473 tickets to earn 172,144,780 yen (about US$1.5 million). As of October 7, the film has earned a cumulative total of 434,489,940 yen (about US$3.84 million).

The film features a returning cast. In addition, Kengo Kora plays Mukuo Tsumura, a young man whom Natsume meets and befriends. Sumi Shimamoto plays Yorie Tsumura, Mukuo's mother. Ayumu Murase plays Daisuke Yūki, Natsume's schoolmate from elementary school. Viking comedy duo member Eiji Kotōge plays Monmonbō, a yōkai who has come to take its name back from Natsume. Viking comedy duo member Mizuki Nishimura plays Roppon-ude, a six-armed yōkai who aims to take Natsume's book.

Midorikawa supervised the film's original story. Animation studio Shuka returned from the television anime's fifth and sixth seasons to animate the film. Takahiro Ōmori again served as chief director, but Hideki Ito was the new director. Sadayuki Murai again handled series composition, Tatsuo Yamada returned for yōkai design, and Makoto Yoshimori again composed the music. Uru performed the film's theme song "remember."

Source: Odex Malaysia & Brunei's Facebook page


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