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Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage Film's TV Ad Previews Theme Song

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1st of 2-part film opens for 2-week limited screening on September 25

Avex Pictures began streaming a commercial on Wednesday for Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage (Shadow of Youth), the first film in the two-part sequel film to the Wake Up, Girls! anime. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Shōjo Kōkyōkyoku" (Girl Symphony).

The film's official website previously streamed a trailer earlier this month.

The first film will screen in a two-week limited engagement starting on September 25. The second film, Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, is slated for December.

The films will feature the return of the TV anime's staff, with Yutaka Yamamoto directing at his studio Ordet. Touko Machida is writing the scripts, and Chikaoka Sunao will serve as both the character designer and animation director. Satoru Kousaki from MONACA will compose the music, and DIVE II Entertainment will produce the sound. The cast of the seven main girls will also return to reprise their roles.

In the story of the original anime and previous film, Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl…

The new films will follow the group as they make their debut in Tokyo.

The television anime and previous film premiered in Japan last January. Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan alongside the Chinese media services Tudou and Youku.

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