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Sentai Filmworks Adds Aura Anime Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
2013 film adapts Romeo Tanaka's light novel about chūnibyō

North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the 2013 anime film Aura (Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai). The company plans to release the film digitally and on home video.

The film is based on the 2008 light novel of the same name by Romeo Tanaka (Humanity Has Declined). The school romantic comedy revolves around Ichirō "Menzu" Satō (voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki), a high school freshman who forgets his textbook at school one day. Ichirō encounters a beautiful girl named Ryōko (Kana Hanazawa) while sneaking back into his school in the dead of night. The girl has chūnibyō ("second year in middle school disease," a condition attributed to kids with fantastic delusions of grandeur), and calls herself a witch from a parallel world. Ichirō used to suffer delusions of grandeur like this, but vowed to stop so that he can successfully re-invent himself as a freshman in high school.

Seiji Kishi (Persona 4, Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid/Seto no Hanayome) directed the anime at AIC ASTA. Makoto Uezu (School Days, Is This a Zombie?, My Bride is a Mermaid) collaborated on the story composition with scriptwriter Jun Kumagai (Persona 4 The Animation episodes). Kazuaki Morita (Carnival Phantasm, Kamisama Dolls, My Bride is a Mermaid) adapted the original novel illustrations by mebae (C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility).

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