Shunji Iwai Teases The Case of Hana & Alice Anime Prequel in Trailer

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Yū Aoi, Anne Suzuki voice girls who meet during "world's smallest murder case"

The official website for Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice), Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice, began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday.

Hana: Well, what's your name?
Text: The strongest transfer student ever, Alice
Alice: My name is Tetsuko Arisugawa.
Hana: Mine is—
Alice: —Hana Arai.
Text: The strongest recluse ever, Hana
Hana: You already knew, so don't ask.
Caption: Do you know anything else?
Alice: You're the one who asked my name.
Caption: What do you mean, "I don't know"?
Caption: Ow!
Text: When the two met, the world's smallest murder case occurred.
Alice: Look who's talking, recluse.
Hana: It's not like I want to be reclusive.
Text: Shunji Iwai's first feature-length animated work
Alice: Murder?
Hana: You want to know what happened?
Text: Voice Cast
Text: Alice: Yuu Aoi Hana: Anne Suzuki
Alice: Well. I don't know.....
Alice: Hana!
Hana: Alice!
Text: A decade since Hana & Alice. The origin story of Hana & Alice.

Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) will tell the story of how the two female high school leads in the first Hana & Alice film met. 51-year-old film Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly) conceived, wrote, and directed the original 2004 live-action film.

The original film depicted the first love and friendship of two high school girls, and it was the breakthrough performance for both actresses. The two lead actresses of Hana & Alice, 29-year-old Yuu Aoi (live-action Rurouni Kenshin films, Tekkonkinkreet, Redline) and 27-year-old Anne Suzuki (Steamboy, Pokemon 4Ever, live-action Initial D), will reprise their roles as voice actresses in the new anime film.

Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken will open next February. Iwai is not only directing the film, but also writing the screenplay and composing the soundtrack.

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