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Aniplex USA Adds Garden of Sinners Epilogue, Anohana Team's Anthem of the Heart Films

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Aniplex of America announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that it has licensed the upcoming anime film The Anthem of the Heart -Beautiful Word, Beautiful World- (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or "The Heart Wants to Shout"). The film is slated to open in theaters in Japan this year.

The film reunites staff members from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime. Tatsuyuki Nagai (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Waiting in the Summer) is again directing the film at the studio A-1 Pictures. Mari Okada (M3 the dark metal, Hana-Saku Iroha) is writing the script, and Masayoshi Tanaka (Highschool of the Dead, Joshiraku) is designing the characters.

Like anohana, the film will be set in the Chichibu region and focus on a group of young people.

Aniplex USA also announced that it will release the film The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer (Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin) and Garden of sinners/recalled out summer: extra chorus with English subtitles on Blu-ray on April 21. The set of both films will carry a retail price of US$79.98 and a store price of US$69.98.

The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer is based on Kinoko Nasu's epilogue side story of Nasu's earlier Kara no Kyoukai stories. The film premiered in Japan in 2013 and ran alongside the extra chorus short film.

Aniplex of America released the original seven-part film series on Blu-ray in 2011.

Finally, Aniplex of America outlined its April home video releases. Hanamonogatari will ship on Blu-ray on April 21 for US$64.98 (store price US$49.98). The set will include all five episodes, a booklet, postcard set, and a package designed by Akio Watanabe.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot Complete will ship on DVD on April 28 for US$74.98 (store price US$59.98). The set will include all 12 episodes and the episode 13 OVA, along with pin-ups, a mini poster and box cover designed by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, and DVD covers illustrated by Keigo Sasaki.

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