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Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi Film Trailer Teases Original Story

posted on by Karen Ressler
Children's film about a fox bandit to open September 12

The official website for the upcoming Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchū no Yūsha-tachi (The Incredible Zorori: Heroes of Space) is now streaming a trailer for the film. Though the film is based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori series of children's books, the movie will tell an original story. Hara himself appears in the trailer as an animated character.

The film will premiere in Japan on September 12.

Tomoko Iwasaki (Inazuma Eleven, Nintama Rantaro, Kaiketsu Zorori Da-Da-Da-Daibōken!) will helm the film project at BN Pictures and Ajiado, while Mari Okada (Toradora!, anohana, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine), Akiko Waba (EUREKA SEVEN AO, Noragami, M3 the dark metal), and Keigo Koyanagi (Canaan, Angel Beats!, Hanasaku Iroha) are in charge of writing the script.

People can buy advance tickets starting in late April, and those who do will receive a postcard. Elementary school children of sixth grade and below can submit the postcard to join a contest to voice-act a character in the movie. Postcards will be distributed until June 30, and the submission deadline for the contest is July 1.

Hara began the children's book series in 1987 and published the 56th book in December. The series has more than 35 million copies in print. The books have inspired a 1993 film, a 2004-2005 television anime series, a second television anime from 2005 to 2007, and a second film in 2006. (These earlier films were short works that were screened with other anime.) Two previous feature-length films opened in 2012 and 2013.

Hara's books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the "King of Pranks." Zorori aims to "build my own castle and make a beautiful princess my wife," and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi.

Source: Natalie

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