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Near-Future Romance Anime Film Hal's Trailer Reveals Cast

posted on by Egan Loo
Yōko Hikasa stars as girl with robot substitute (Yoshimasa Hosoya) for boy she lost

The website for the original anime film Hal updated on Friday to reveal the film's full trailer, a new main visual art, the main cast, and the performer of its theme song.

The "near-future romance" follows a girl named Kurumi (voiced by Yōko Hikasa) who lost Haru (Yoshimasa Hosoya), a boy she liked, in a plane accident. A robot "Robo Hal (Haru)" turns into her substitute for Haru.

Hikasa also performs the theme song "Owaranai Uta" (Unending Poem) that is heard in the full trailer.

Manga creator Io Sakisaka (Strobe Edge, Ao Haru Ride) is creating the original character designs, and Ryōtarō 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 Ōshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Beck, Blast of Tempest) is scoring the music.

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

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

Images © 2013 Hal Production Committee

Update: "Owaranai Uta's" spelling fixed. Thanks, thenextday.

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