The Laws of the Universe Anime Film Casts Dylan McDermott, Jennifer Beals, Tom Kenny

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Religious anime film gets world premiere on Saturday in Los Angeles; N. American screenings start on October 2

Religious group Happy Science announced the English dub cast for its film The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) earlier this month. The site also began streaming an English promotional video.

The cast includes:

The film will hold its world premiere in Los Angeles on September 26. Eleven Arts will then screen the film in selected theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting on October 2. The film will open in Japan on October 10.

Happy Science has also published an English digital booklet introducing the main characters and explaining the film's highlights.

The official English website for the film describes the story:

Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are five high school students who are suddenly wrapped up in a mysterious incident. An alien species called Grey abducts Halle's sister and embeds her with a special chip inside her brain. The five stand up to save Halle's sister and try to reveal the existence of aliens, but continue to be met with mysterious events.

The high school students' story progresses into a shocking development!

What truths hide on the dark side of the moon? What are the true intentions of the aliens that are infiltrating America, Russia and China? What is the true crisis that is closing in on Earth and what hope can we have towards the future!? Going beyond the last movie, The Mystical Laws, The Laws of the Universe – Part 0 reveals stunning truth from beyond the star in animation form!

People of Earth, you cannot afford to miss this movie!

Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), is credited with the original work and as the chief production supervisor for the film. Isamu Imakake (The Mystical Laws, The Laws of Eternity) is directing the film, and also serving as chief animation director and character designer at HS Pictures Studio (formerly SH Studio). The "UFO Gakuen no Himitsu Scenario Project" is handling the screenplay, and Yūichi Mizusawa (The Mystical Laws, The Rebirth of Buddha) is composing the music. Zuishō Motochikawa and Kōji Matsumoto are executive producers, Taka Sato and Masami Suda are character designers, Yukihiro Shibutani is the art director, and Yumiko Awaya is the VFX creative director.

Happy Science has sponsored a number of animated films in the past. The most recent film, The Mystical Laws, opened simultaneously in the U.S. in October 2012. The film received an English dub for its Japanese home video release, and it received a video-on-demand release in the U.S.

The Mystical Laws was submitted for a possible Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in 2012, but it did not receive one.

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