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1st Haikara-san ga Tōru Film's Clip Shows Ranmaru Confessing to Benio

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film based on historical shōjo manga opens on Saturday

Anime news site Animate Times began streaming a clip on Friday from Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, the first film in the planned two-part anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga. The clip shows Benio's best friend Ranmaru confessing his love to Benio after he hears that Benio has been engaged to Shinobu.

News website Natalie streamed a different clip from the film earlier this week. The film's official website previously streamed a trailer for the film in September.

The first film, titled Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, will open in Japan on Saturday. The second film is titled Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen - Tokyo Dai Roman. While both films were previously slated to open this year, the second film is now slated to open in spring 2018. Warner Bros. Japan announced at Anime Expo in July that it plans to screen the films in the United States with English subtitles.

The anime stars:

Saori Hayami as protagonist Benio "Haikara-san" Hanamura

Mamoru Miyano as Benio's fiancé Shinobu Ijūin

Takahiro Sakurai as Tōsei Aoe, president of the "Jōdansha" publishing company where Benio works.

Kazuya Nakai as Shingo Onijima, Shinobu's subordinate and a sergeant who was dispatched to Siberia.

Yūki Kaji as Ranmaru Fujieda, a kabuki actor who plays female roles, and is the childhood friend of Benio.

Asami Seto as Tamaki Kitakōji, Benio's close friend.

Unshō Ishizuka as Major Hanamura

Reiko Suzuki as Housekeeper

Kenta Miyake as Ushigorō

Shizuka Itou as Kichiji

=LOVE (pronounced "equal love") idol group members Maika Sasaki, Hitomi Takamatsu, and Shōko Takiwaki will also make their voice acting debut in the first film.

Hayami is also performing the film's theme song "Yume no Hate made" (Until the End of the Dream). Mariya Takeuchi (Agatha Christie no Meitantei Poirot to Marple, Toki no Tabibito -Time Stranger-) is composing and writing the lyrics for the theme song.

Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter) is directing and penning the script, but only for the first film. Mitsuko Kase (Ristorante Paradiso, Young Black Jack) is directing the second film. Terumi Nishii (Penguindrum, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) is designing the characters, and Kentarō Akiyama (ReLIFE, Magic-kyun! Renaissance, Selector Infected Wixoss) is in charge of both background design and art direction. Kunio Tsujita (INTERSTELLA 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, Penguindrum) is the color designer. Takeo Ogiwara (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas, Yuri Kuma Arashi) is the director of photography at Graphinica. Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Eureka Seven, Kuromukuro) is the sound director, and Michiru Ōshima (Sound of the Sky, Little Witch Academia) is composing the music. Nippon Animation is in charge of animation production.

The story is set in Tokyo in the Taishō era (1912-1926). The story follows Benio "Haikara-san" Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy — contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman's right to a career and to marry for love.

Haikara-san's best friends are the beautiful Tamaki, who is much more feminine than Haikara-san but equally interested in women's rights, and Ranmaru, a young man who was raised to play female roles in the kabuki theater and as a result has acquired very effeminate mannerisms. Haikara-san's betrothed is Shinobu Ijūin, a second lieutenant in the army.

The all-female Takarazuka Revue theater troupe's Flower Troupe performed a musical adaptation of the manga in October.

Source: Animate Times

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