Near-Future Romance Anime Film Hal's Teaser Streamed

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Strobe Edge's Sakisaka designs story of girl with robo substitute for boy she lost

The film distributor Shochiku began streaming a teaser trailer for the original anime film Hal. The "near-future romance" follows a girl named Kurumi who lost Haru, a boy she liked, in an accident. A robot "Robo Hal (Haru)" turns into her substitute for Haru.

The video reads, "What is precious to Hal … is Kurumi's smile. A miraculous love story of a human born in Kyoto in the near future, and a robot."

Manga creator Io Sakisaka (Strobe Edge, Ao Haru Ride) is creating the original character designs, and Ryoutarou Makihara (storyboard and episode direction on Guilty Crown, The Tatami Galaxy) is making his directorial debut with this film at Wit Studio. Izumi Kizara (live-action Sexy Voice and Robo, Q10) is writing the screenplay, which is not based on preexisting material.

Katsuhiko Kitada (Guilty Crown, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) is in charge of the character animation as chief animation director, and Asami Kiyokawa (Paradise Kiss) is serving as the visual art director. Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Beck, Blast of Tempest) is scoring the music.

Hitomi Hasegawa, Hirotaka Kato, and Atsuko Nozaki are all serving as animation directors, and Shoji Hata is serving as sound director.

The film's official website has also revealed the film's first key visual.

The film will open on June 8, 2013, and a manga adaptation will run in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma) magazine next spring.

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