Anthem of the Heart Film's 22-Minute English-Subtitled Video Features Clips, Interviews

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Film's Japanese release has sold 620,924 tickets, earned 844 million yen in 28 days

Aniplex of America began streaming a 22-minute English-subtitled "exclusive preview" video on Saturday for The Anthem of the Heart anime film. The video is the same as a video Aniplex posted on September 25, but that video was region-locked to Japan.

The English-subtitled video features film clips and narrated clips, as well as interviews with the film's main cast and staff.

The film opened in Japan on September 19, and as of October 16 it has sold 620,924 tickets and has earned 844,576,850 yen (about US$7.07 million).

The film had earned more than 300 million yen (about US$2.5 million) in its first five days at the Japanese box office, and had sold approximately 235,000 tickets. The film had then earned more than 514,402,000 yen (about US$4.28 million) and had sold 384,381 tickets after two weeks at the box office.

T-Joy is screening The Anthem of the Heart with English subtitles in four theaters in Japan from October 17-23 before the film opens in the United States and Canada starting on November 1.

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) again directed the film at the studio A-1 Pictures. Mari Okada (M3 the dark metal, Hana-Saku Iroha) wrote the script, and Masayoshi Tanaka (Highschool of the Dead, Joshiraku) designed the characters. Like the anohana anime, the story of the new film is set in Chichibu. The idols of the Nogizaka46 group contributed their 13th single "Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru" (Now, There Is Someone I Want to Talk With) as the film's theme song.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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