Coming-of-Age Anime Film Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Reveals Early Fall Debut

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Tagline, visual also unveiled for anime of novel that already inspired live-action film

The official website for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, or literally, I want to eat your pancreas) novel updated on Monday, and the film's Twitter account opened at the same time. The website and Twitter account revealed the film's early fall 2018 opening date in Japanese theaters, a new tagline, and a new key visual.

The tagline on the website reads, "The distance between two people still has no name."

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 (Tsuki ga Kirei character designer). The novel and various related books have since garnered over 2 million copies in print.

The novel already inspired a live-action film starring Takumi Kitamura (DISH//) and Minami Hamabe, and the film premiered in Japan on July 28. The live-action film played at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and in Malaysia under the title Let Me Eat Your Pancreas.

The novel also inspired a manga 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.

Source: Comic Natalie

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