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Dōkyūsei/Classmates Boys-Love Anime Film's Trailer English-Subtitled

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kenji Nojima, Hiroshi Kamiya, Hideo Ishikawa star in film opening on February 20

Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the anime film of Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love manga on Friday. The trailer debuted on the anime's official website in October.

The story begins during music class before the chorus festival, when male student Hikaru Kusakabe notices that the bespectacled honor student Rihito Sajō is not singing. Although he thinks that Rihito just doesn't like singing, he finds him practicing alone in the classroom after school. Without even thinking, Hikaru calls out to him.

Kenji Nojima (Sailor Moon Crystal, Psycho-Pass) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Shirokuma Café, Durarara!!) are starring in the anime as Rihito Sajō and Hikaru Kusakabe, respectively. Hideo Ishikawa is playing Manabu Hara.

Shōko Nakamura (Penguindrum, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures with character designs by Akemi Hayashi. Chieko Nakamura is serving as the art director, Ritsuko Utagawa is handling color design, and guitarist Kōtarō Oshio is providing the soundtrack.

The film will open in Japan on February 20. The first batch of advance tickets cost 1,300 yen (about US$11) and included a Hikaru Kusakabe birthday card. Theaters showing the film also started selling advanced tickets on October 24 with two postcards while supplies last. The second batch of "Birthday ver." advance tickets went on sale on October 25 with a Rihito Sajō birthday card.

Nakamura published the original manga in Japan in 2006 in one compiled volume. The series was followed by the spinoff Sora to Hara and sequels Sotsugyōsei (Graduates) and O.B.. Digital Manga Guild has licensed Dōkyūsei and Sotsugyōsei in English, although the company has not yet released Sotsugyōsei.

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