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Hirune Hime Film's Trailer Previews Cover of The Monkees' 'Daydream Believer' Song

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Lead actress Mitsuki Takahata performs song for March 18 film

The official website of Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me), the new anime film by director Kenji Kamiyama, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer reveals the film's March 18 opening date, and previews the film's theme song: a cover of The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" song performed by lead actress Mitsuki Takahata.

The late singer Kiyoshiro Imawano previously sang a Japanese cover of the song in 1989 as part of the rock band THE TIMERS (he sang the song under the pseudonym "ZERRY").

The film's cast includes:

(Top row, from left to right):

(Bottom row, from left to right):

In addition, Rie Kugimiya will play Joy, the stuffed Shiba Inu toy friend of protagonist Kokone Morikawa that is key to the film's story.

I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) is animating 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) is designing 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, and the website lists his role as "creature design." Warner Bros. will distribute the film.

Atsuko Sasaki (Ryoko's Case File) is serving as key animation director with animation directors Motonobu Hori, Toshiyuki Kono, and Kazuchika Kise. Yumi Katayama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is handling the color design. Kiyoshi Samejima (The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There background art) and Kaori Hino (Ganbare! Lulu Lolo - Tiny Twin Bears) are the art directors, Noriki Tsukamoto (Joker Game, Tokyo ESP) is the 3D director, Hiroshi Tanaka (Joker Game, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is the director of photography, and Shōji Hata (One-Punch Man, Hal) is the sound director. Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV) is composing the music for the film.

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 poster contains the text "Why can't we sleep like this all day long?" and "That dream is connected to my family's secret."

Source: Oricon Style


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