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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern 2nd Film Reveals Visual, Theme Song

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Film opens in Japan on October 19

The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed a new key visual and the theme song performer for Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman (Haikara-san ga Tōru the Movie II: The Grand Tokyo Romance), the second film, on Tuesday. Saori Hayami, who plays protagonist Benio Hanamura, will perform the new theme song "Atarashii Ashita" (New Tomorrow). Mariya Takeuchi (Agatha Christie no Meitantei Poirot to Marple, Toki no Tabibito -Time Stranger-) is again composing and writing the lyrics for the song.

The CD single for "Atarashii Ashita," which will be Hayami's fifth single, will ship on September 19. Hayami also performed the first film's theme song "Yume no Hate made" (Until the End of the Dream).

The film will open in Japan on October 19. The film was originally slated to open this spring.

Toshiaki Kidokoro (March comes in like a lion episode director, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? line director) is replacing the previously announced Mitsuko Kase (Ristorante Paradiso, Young Black Jack) as the director of Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman.

Terumi Nishii (Penguindrum, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) is designing the characters, and Kentaro 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 Oshima (Sound of the Sky, Little Witch Academia) is composing the music. Nippon Animation is in charge of animation production.

Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter) directed Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, the first film in the series, which opened in Japan last November. Eleven Arts is screening the first film theatrically in the United States and Canada with the title Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 beginning on June 8. Eleven Arts scheduled the second film for this fall in the United States but has not confirmed a release window for Canada. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

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 last October.

Sources: Haikara-san Films' Website, Comic Natalie


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