Anthem of the Heart Film Gets English-Subtitled Screenings in 4 Japanese Theaters

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English-subtitled screenings run for 1 week in October after film opens on September 19

Japanese entertainment company T-Joy announced on Friday that it will screen The Anthem of the Heart anime film with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles in four theaters in Japan from October 17-23.

The film will screen in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9, Osaka's Umeda Burg 7, Kyoto's T-Joy Kyoto, and Fukuoka's T-Joy Hakata theaters. The screenings will also offer The Anthem of the Heart-themed popcorn sets and drinks for sale at the theater.

The screening is part of the "YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!" program that allows visitors to view Japanese theatrical films with English subtitles. The first film in the program was Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', which screened with English subtitles in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater from May 30-31, and in Kyoto's T-Joy Kyoto theater and Fukuoka's T-Joy Hakata from June 6-7.

The AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in Shibuya also recently began distributing an eyeglass device that provides subtitles in a number of languages for stage plays.

Aniplex of America announced in February that it has licensed The Anthem of the Heart. The film will open in Japan on September 19.

The official English website for the film describes the story:

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...

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 is set in Chichibu.

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