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Crunchyroll to Stream Garakowa -Restore the World- Film on January 16

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Free theatrical screening for premium users in San Francisco on January 9

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has acquired the Garakowa -Restore the World- (Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai) anime film. It will begin streaming the film on January 16 worldwide except for Asia.

Crunchyroll premium members will also be able to attend a free theatrical screening of the film in San Francisco on January 9. Attendees will receive a special poster, and the first 100 attendees will receive a limited-edition postcard set.

The film's English website describes the story:

A floating space without gravity where an infinite number of lights shine in different colors: The "Box of Wisdom." Inside of this box, there are multiple worlds, multiple timelines, and there used to be many different people. This is where Dual and Dorothy were fighting with enemies called "Viruses." Worlds infected by viruses must be erased. That is the duty, the job of these girls. However, one day, Dual and Dorothy feel the presence of a new Virus. Arriving at the scene, they see a girl being attacked by Viruses. After saving the girl, the duo wait for her to awaken so they can ask who she is, where she came from, and where she is going. Finally, when the girl opened her eyes, she gave her name, Remo, and whispered only one sentence... "I must return to the flower patch..."

Ponycan USA previously announced plans to release the film in North America, and previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the film.

The film will open in Japan on January 9, though it was briefly screened during the Tokyo International Film Festival in late October. Pony Canyon held the film's international premiere during Anime Festival Asia in Singapore on November 28.

The film stars:

Yumiri Hanamori (Etotama's Uritan, The Rolling Girls' Chiaya) as Remo
"I must return to the flower patch..."
A girl who has lost her memories. She was saved by Dual and Dorothy when she was being attacked. She does not know who she is, but the only things she can remember are her name and the words, "I must return to the flower patch..." The story of the film begins from her.

Ayane Sakura (Love Live! School idol project's Arisa, Your Lie in April's Tsubaki) as Dorothy
"We're not gonna cry. After all, there's no need to."
A girl who competes with Dual while fighting enemies in order to protect the "Box of Wisdom." She is loud, and quite the chatter-box. She sees Dual as her rival, but their strengths are pretty much the same. Dorothy and Dual meet the girl who has lost her memories, Remo. This was their meeting with the still unseen truth.

Risa Taneda (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma's Erina, Is the order a rabbit?'s RIZE) as Dual
"This isn't a dream. The world that you've been seeing up until now... That was a dream."
A girl who fights with enemies in order to protect the "Box of Wisdom." A quiet girl who doesn't speak many words, she meets Remo when she is being attacked. This pushes Dual to move and search for the truth of the girl's identity. Through their meeting, the gears begin to move.

Ai Kayano (Dream Eater Merry's Isana, anohana's Menma) as Sumire
"It's been my dream since I was young! To travel the world and play piano for all sorts of people!"
With her childhood dream to become [a] pianist, she will be studying abroad in London starting in the spring. Already skillful enough to win contests. Her innocent hopefulness will tug at your heart.

Masashi Ishihama (From the New World) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, The [email protected]), and Fumihiko Shimo (Air, Kanon, Clannad, Amagi Brilliant Park, Golden Time, Infinite Stratos) wrote the screenplay. Kantoku (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat., Magical Suite Prism Nana) created the original character designs.

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