Anthem of the Heart Film to Open in N. American Theaters
posted on by Karen Ressler
Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it is working with Eleven Arts to release the upcoming original anime film The Anthem of the Heart in select theaters in the United States and Canada beginning on November 1. Screenings will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Theatergoers will receive a cast message board as a gift while supplies last.
Aniplex of America also began streaming the latest trailer with English subtitles:
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's main cast and characters are:
Aniplex of America announced in February that it has licensed the film. The film will open in Japan on September 19. The film will also screen with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles in four theaters in Japan from October 17-23 as part of the "YOKOSO! EIGAKAN!" program. The screenings will also offer The Anthem of the Heart-themed popcorn sets and drinks for sale at the theater.
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 idols of the Nogizaka46 group are contributing their 13th single, "Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru" (Now, There Is Someone I Want to Talk With) as the film's theme song.