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Orange Time-Travelling Manga Gets Anime Sequel Film Written by Creator

posted on by Egan Loo
November 18 film retells story from Suwa's view, then continues story

The 13th and final episode of the Orange television anime series ended on Monday with an teaser trailer that announced that a theatrical anime film has been green-lit. The title of the film is Orange: Mirai (Orange: Future). The film will play for a limited two-week engagement throughout Japan starting on November 18.

  • Voice: Since that day, I wanted to see those two's future..."
  • Text: Presenting to all Orange fans
  • Text: A new previously unknown story
  • Text: A new episode written by creator Ichigo Takano
  • Text: Weaving together notable scenes of the TV anime once more
  • Text: The miracle brought forth by the letter continues
  • Text: Orange: Future
  • Text: Friday, November 18
  • Text: 2-Week Limited Engagement
  • Text: Opens in Theaters Nationwide

Like the upcoming two-chapter manga that the original manga's creator Ichigo Takano is launching in October, the movie focuses on Suwa. The film retells the main story from his point of view, and then continues past the original manga and the television anime to a story not told anywhere until now.

For the movie, the television anime's cast is returning along with the staff, and Naomi Nakayama is now serving as chief director. The band Kobukuro is contributing the theme song "Mirai."

The tagline of the film (as seen on the visual above) reads, ""Since that day, I've always wanted to show those two this future..." (The tagline is slightly different from the narrated line in the teaser trailer.) The Anime Now website posted a translation of Takano's comments. The visual shows Kakeru and Naho on a bench — as Suwa watches over them — at the real-life Agatano Forest Park in the story's model city of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture.

Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) began the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012, but moved it to Futabasha's seinen magazine Monthly Action in 2013. Takano ended the manga in August 2015 and Futabasha published the fifth and final volume in November 2015. Crunchyroll published the manga in English digitally. Seven Seas Entertainment published the original manga in North America as two omnibus volumes, and it describes the manga's story:

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

The manga inspired a live-action film in December 2015 and the television anime that premiered in July. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Anime Now! (Sarah Nelkin)

Update: Film and Takano's two-chapter manga about Suwa are not the same story.

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