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Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! Children's Books Also Get Anime Film

posted on by Egan Loo
September film tells story of Okko & her parents, not told in original books or TV anime

The official website for the first television anime of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!) announced on Wednesday that the book series will also inspire its first anime film:

The film will tell a story not told in either the original book series or the television series — specifically, a story about "Okko" and her parents.

DLE and Madhouse are animating the film along with the television anime, but Kitaro Kousaka (A-Girl, Nasu: Summer in Andalusia) is directing instead of the television anime's directors. Similarly, Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, The Cat Returns, Girls und Panzer) is writing the script instead of the television staff. Kyōko Yauchi is in charge of art setting, and Shunsuke Hirota is the animation director.

Youichi Watanabe is directing the art, and Terumi Nakauchi is the color key artist. Tomohisa Shitara is directing the CG, and Michiya Katō is director of photography and VFX supervisor. Takeshi Seyama is edting. Masafumi Mima is directing the sound, and Keiichi Suzuki (No. 6, Tokyo Godfathers) is composing the music. Shizuo Kurahashi and Sawako Nishi are handling the sound effects.

The film will have the same seven main cast members as the television anime.

The "story of laughter and tears" centers around "Okko," a sixth-grade elementary school girl who lost her parents in a traffic accident. She moves to her grandmother's hot spring inn "Haru no Ya" (Spring House) and trains to run the inn. She gradually grows up with the help of the ghost "Uri-bō" and other mysterious friends.

The television anime series and anime film star:

Seiran Kobayashi as Oriko "Okko" Seki, the protagonist

Satsumi Matsuda as Makoto "Uri-bō" Tachiuri, a ghost

Nana Mizuki as Matsuki Akino, Okko's rival

Youko Asagami as Mineko Seki

Teiyū Ichiryūsai as Etsuko Tajima

Masaki Terasoma as Kōnosuke "Kō-san" Minoda

Etsuko Kozakura as Suzuki

Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Ace of Diamond, Chi's Sweet Home, Kobato., Polar Bear's Café) and Azuma Tani (Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani, Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei, Insufficient Direction) are directing the television anime at Madhouse with DLE. Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken, Kobato., RIN-NE) is in charge of the series scripts, and Akiko Asaki (The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk) is designing the characters. Masafumi Mima is directing the sound at Techno Sound, and Takeshi Hama (Idol Time PriPara, Kobato., TsukiPro the Animation) is composing the music.

The television anime will premiere on Sunday, April 8 at 7:14 a.m. on TV Tokyo and five other affiliates.

Reijō launched the book series in 2003, and Kodansha's Aoi Tori Bunko imprint published 20 volumes with seven spinoff and short story collections. The book series has 3 million copies in print. Eiko Ōuchi serialized a manga adaptation in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine, and Kodansha published seven compiled book volumes.

Source: Comic Natalie

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