The Anthem of the Heart Film's 3rd TV Ad Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film by anohana staff about girl whose voice was sealed away opens in Japan on September 19

The official website for The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or Kokosake), the original anime film from the anohana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.) and Toradora! anime staff, posted a 15-second version and a 30-second version of the third television ad for the film on Thursday. (Note: The videos on the website are region-locked, but the Anime! Anime! Japan news website has re-uploaded the 30-second version of the ad region-free.)

The main cast and characters are:

The film reunites staff members from the anohana 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 the anohana anime, the story of the new film will be set in Chichibu.

The official English website describes the story as follows:

Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a happy girl, but because of a [certain thing] she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. One day, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. But, one day she is nominated to become an executive member of the "community outreach council." On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical...

Aniplex of America announced in February that it has licensed the film. The film will open in Japan on September 19, and participating theaters began offering advance tickets with an Egg Fairy mascot mobile phone strap on March 28. A second version of advance tickets will go on sale on July 11, and set A will include a Kokosake B3 poster, an AnoHana B3 poster, and a Kokosake and AnoHana collaborative B6 portrait. The contents of set B for the new tickets will be revealed at a later date.

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