Hal Anime Film's 1st 8 Minutes Streamed

posted on 2013-06-03 15:45 EDT
Near-future romance film opens June 8 in Japan

The movie section of Yahoo! Japan is now streaming the first eight minutes of the upcoming anime film Hal. The clip introduces the robot who becomes human to take the place of the heroine's late lover, as well as the doctor who helps him.

The video can be watched at Yahoo! Japan here.

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.

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 (Attack on Titan). 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 will open on June 8, and a manga adaptation launched in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma) magazine in March.

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