I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film Casts sumika Band Members

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
September 1 film also previewed in music video for sumika's opening song

The official website for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai) novel began streaming a "collaboration video" featuring the anime's opening theme song "Fanfare" by the band sumika on Wednesday. (Note: The video linked on the website is region-locked to Japan. A region-free version is provided below.)

The site also revealed that all four members of sumika will perform their first voice roles in the film, but it did not reveal which characters they would voice. The August 29 CD single for the "Fanfare" song will have a limited-edition bundle that includes a DVD featuring footage from the band member's voice-acting recording session.

The film received a preview screening for the full film on July 24 in Tokyo. The film will open on September 1 in Japan. Aniplex of America will screen the film in theaters in the United States.

Mahiro Takasugi voices the unnamed protagonist, and Lynn plays the lead female character Sakura Yamauchi. Other cast members include:

  • Yukiyo Fujii as Kyōko
  • Yūma Uchida as Takahiro
  • Jun Fukushima as Gum-kun
  • Atsuko Tanaka as the protagonist's mother
  • Shinichiro Miki as the protagonist's father

Shin'ichirō Ushijima is directing the film and writing the script, while Yūichi Oka is the chief animation director and character designer. Hiroko Sebu is composing the music. Studio Voln (Idol Incidents, Ushio & Tora) is producing the animation.

Other staff members include:

  • Art Director: Yukako Ogawa
  • Assistant Art Director: Yoshito Watanabe
  • Sound Director: Shoji Hata
  • Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
  • Color Design: Yoshinori Horikawa
  • Photography Supervisor: Hiroshi Saitō
  • Director of Photography: Mayuko Koike
  • 3DCG Director: Koremi Kishi
  • Editor: Yumi Jinguji
  • Animation Producer: Keiji Mita
  • Distributor: Aniplex

sumika is also performing the film's theme song "Shunkashūtō" (The Four Seasons).

Participating theaters will give out the Chichi to Tsuioku no Dareka ni (To My Father and to Someone in My Memories) novel by Yoru Sumino. The novel is a sequel to the story of the original novel.

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 reached more than 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 in July 2017. 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 Idumi Kirihara's manga adaptation, which launched in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in August 2016 and ended in May 2017. Futabasha published the manga's second and final compiled book volume in June 2017.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed both the original novel and the manga adaptation. The novel is slated for release on November 20, while the manga's first volume is slated for release on January 22, 2019.

Sources: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas film's website (link 2), MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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