Hana Kappa Kids' Anime Film's Preview Streamed

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Film adaptation of Tadashi Akiyama's picture books to open in Japan on April 12

Media Factory posted a trailer to its official YouTube channel on Wednesday for the upcoming film version of the Hana Kappa kids' television anime, Eiga Hana Kappa Hana-sake! Pakkaan Chō no Kuni no Daibōken. The trailer features the theme song "Lien" by Every Little Thing, and introduces guest voices Makiko Esumi as Helena, queen of the land of butterflies, and Nahomi Matsushima as Konoha, the queen's training official. The film will open on April 12, and the hour-long film will play with a singalong piece, Hana Kappa Musical Pan to Gohan Dochi Nano!?.

The anime adapts Tadashi Akiyama's Hana Kappa-kun picture books and newspaper manga about a kappa (mystical Japanese river creature) who happens to have a flower (hana) growing out of his head. Hana Kappa lives with his father, mother, grandfather, and grandmother in a verdant village known as Yamabiko.

In the film, butterfly warriors suddenly appear in Yamabiko and snatch away Hana Kappa's mother and others. Hana Kappa and his friends head out towards the mystery-filled land of butterflies. They overcome obstacles such as mountains and deserts and along the way, encounter a mysterious boy named Poru.

The television anime's Kazumi Nonaka (Happy Happy Clover, Mameushi-kun) is directing the film at the studios Xebec and OLM. Tetsuo Yasumi (Bono Bono, Happy Happy Clover), the series script supervisor of the television anime, is overseeing the film and co-writing it with Natsuko Takahashi (ATASHIn'CHI, Gokujō!! Mecha Mote Iinchō, Kaasan - Mom's Life).

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