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Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai Coming-of-Age Novel Gets Anime Film in 2018

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Yoru Sumino launched novel online in 2014, before it inspired live-action film, manga

An anime film adaptation of Yoru Sumino's Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai (I want to eat your pancreas) novel has been green-lit. The film is slated to open in Japanese theaters in 2018. The staff opened a website for the film, and it revealed a teaser trailer and visual for the film. (Note: The YouTube video from the site linked above is region-locked to Japan.)

The novel's story is told from the point of view of an unnamed protagonist who happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.

Sumino began serializing the story on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narō ("Let's Become Novelists") website in 2014. Futabasha published the novel in print in June 2015, with cover art by loundraw (Tsukigakirei character designer). The novel and various related books have since garnered over 2 million copies in print.

The novel inspired a live-action film adaptation starring Takumi Kitamura and Minami Hamabe, and the film premiered in Japan on July 28. It also inspired a manga adaptation by Idumi Kirihara, which launched in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in August 2016, and ended on May 25. Futabasha published the manga's second and final compiled book volume on June 20.

Thanks to Dennis R for the embedded video.

Source: Animate Times

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