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Kenji Kamiyama's Hirune Hime Anime Film Unveils Teaser, Lead Actress

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Mitsuki Takahata voices main character Kokone Morikawa in 2017 film

The official website for Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess - The Story of the Unknown Me), the new anime film project by director Kenji Kamiyama, began streaming a teaser for the film on Tuesday. The video features the first animated footage for the film, and it previews the film's main character, Kokone Morikawa, voiced by Mitsuki Takahata (live-action Sexy Voice and Robo, Ao Haru Ride).

Kokone: Aw, it happened again! Why do I keep falling asleep in the middle of the day?
Kokone: I'm Kokone Morikawa. I live together with my dad who's crazy about car modding.
Text: Kokone Morikawa: Mitsuki Takahata
Text: Director, Script: Kenji Kamiyama
Kokone: The same dream's been on my mind lately.
Kokone: That uncomfortable but warm dream is connected to my family's secret!
Kokone and Logo: Hirune Hime
Text: 2017. A secret door will open.

The film will be set in Okayama Prefecture in 2020, just before the Tokyo Olympics. Kamiyama describes the story as one of a father and daughter that is close to his personal feelings.

The film will open in Japan this year.

The site previously revealed two character designs (seen below): one for Kokone Morikawa, and the other a sidecar that transforms into a robot named Hearts. The website also posted a background painting.

I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) will animate the film as its first anime film project. Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East) is directing the film, as well as penning the script. Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns, Eden of the East, Xi AVANT) will design the characters, and Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman) is in charge of mechanical design. Animator Christophe Ferreira confirmed that he is working on the film's concept art, storyboards, and animation. Warner Bros. will distribute the film.

Source: Anime! Anime!, Animate Times

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