Sunrise's Nerawareta Gakuen Anime's 3-Minute Promo Posted
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The event ticketing company Pia began streaming a three-minute promotional video for the anime film adaptation of Taku Mayumura's science-fiction children's novel Nerawareta Gakuen on Thursday. The 201-second video features new footage not previously made public. It also features the creator group supercell's song "Gin-iro Hikōsen" (Silver Airship) and the "Sayonara no Hashi" (Farewell Bridge) song by AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe ("Mayuyu"), the voice actress of the character Natsuki.
Sunrise's Studio 8 (My-Hime, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Accel World) is producing the adaptation with director Ryosuke Nakamura (Mōryō no Hako, Aoi Bungaku Series). Yūtarō Honjō (Eureka 7: Astral Ocean's Ao Fukai) co-stars in the film as Natsuki's childhood friend Kenji Seki.
The film will open in Japan on November 10, and the Scotland Loves Animation event hosted the film's world premiere in Edinburgh last month. The event's website describes the "new interpretation" of Mayumura's novel as follows:
Spring marks the start of another new school year at a junior high school in Kamakura. A new transfer student, Ryoichi Kyogoku (Daisuke Ono) joins the 8th grade. Kyogoku has a very special proficiency in telepathy and has been ordered by his father to use this ability to scan other people's minds and take over the school.
He instantly gains popularity at school from his good looks and charisma and he sets about taking control of the school. As people begin to fall under Kyogoku's spell, he covertly manipulates his followers and pushes aside anyone who gets in his way.
With the school almost completely under the control of Kyogoku, only one boy seems unaffected – Seki. Does Seki have what it takes to save everyone from the clutches of mind control?
Mayumura has written scores of novels, and some of them — Manie-Manie Meikyu Monogatari (Neo-Tokyo) and Toki no Tabibito -Time Stranger- — have inspired earlier anime films. The Nerawareta Gakuen novel already inspired four live-action television adaptations and two live-action films, but Sunrise's film will be the first anime adaptation.
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