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Popin Q Anime Film's Promo Videos Preview Dances

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Middle-school girls dance to save fantasy world in December 23 film

Toei began streaming a "Courage Dance" video and the fifth "special advance" video for its Popin Q anime film on Friday. Both videos preview dances with the five heroines and their Isotopes, and the second video features vocal unit Questy's debut theme song "Fantasy."

Toei began streaming a full trailer for the film in October. Sega announced in November that it is developing a smartphone rhythm game based on the upcoming anime and began streaming a teaser video.

The story begins the day before the graduation ceremony. Five middle school girls each are preoccupied with their real everyday lives. These girls meet each other in a fantasy world after being sent there through a sudden occurrence. There, they learn about the impending crisis that this world is facing. The way to avert this crisis is for the five to collaborate and bring their five hearts together as one through dance. However, the five cannot come to love the world, and cannot tell their true feelings to one another, so their hearts are unable to unite. The time limit is fast approaching. Can the dance of the five girls save the world? And will they be able to graduate?

The main cast includes:

Asami Seto as Isumi Kominato

Shiori Izawa as Aoi Hioka

Tomoyo Kurosawa as Saki Tsukui

Ari Ozawa as Asahi Ōmichi

Atsumi Tanezaki as Konatsu Tomodate

Kouki Uchiyama as Reno

The cast for the Popin race includes:

Marina Tanoue as Pocon, Isumi's Isotope, or partner from the Popin race

Kaori Ishihara as Luchia, Aoi's Isotope

Kaede Hondo as Darren, Konatsu's Isotope

M.A.O as Tadona, Asahi's Isotope

Satomi Arai as Rupy, Saki's Isotope

Other cast members include (romanizations not yet confirmed):

  • Unshou Ishizuka as Elder
  • Erii Yamazaki as Remy
  • Azusa Tadokoro as Miharu Fukamachi
  • Megumi Toda as Nana Mitsuhashi
  • Wakako Shimazaki as Eriko, Isumi's mother
  • Daisuke Ono as Junpei, Isumi's father
  • Michio Hazama as Genji, Isumi's grandfather

Izumi Todo, the collective pseudonym for the Toei Animation staff, is credited with the film's original work. Naoki Miyahara (Dragon Ball Z, "Precure All-Star DX 3D Theater" short, Precure series dance sequences) is directing the film, and Kouhaku Kuroboshi (Kino's Journey, World Conquest Zvezda Plot) drafted the original character designs. Shūko Arai (live-action Twin Spica series) is the scriptwriter, and Takayuki Uragami serves as character designer and chief animation director. Hiromi Mizutani (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Toriko, Non non Biyori) and Shūji Katayama (Overlord, Yurumates3Dei) of Team-MAX are composing the film's music, and the idol unit P.IDL will perform the opening song "Teenage Blues" for the film.

In addition performing the theme song "Fantasy," Questy is contributing a background song for the anime. The performance marks the debut of the all-female dance and vocal unit.

Daiki Nakazawa (Heartcatch Precure!, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods) is serving as CG director, Makoto Sakamoto is handling the art setting, and Yutaka Ōnishi is the art director.

The film is commemorating Toei Animation's 60th anniversary. Toei had initially planned to release the film in January 2017, but decided to move it forward to December 23 and increase the number of theaters showing the film.

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