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Liz and the Blue Bird Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film opens in U.S., Canada on November 9

Eleven Arts Anime Studio began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Tuesday for its theatrical release of the Liz and the Blue Bird anime film. The company will screen the film in Japanese with English subtitles in the United States and Canada on November 9.

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which runs from September 28 to October 7 at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, will also screen the film. Anime Expo screened the film in July.

The film opened in Japan on April 21, and earned 53,573,900 yen (about US$492,400) in its opening weekend.

The film is the first of two planned all-new anime films for the Sound! Euphonium franchise, based on Ayano Takeda's Sound! Euphonium novel series. Liz and the Blue Bird is based on the Sound! Euphonium ーKitauji Kōkō Suisōgakubu, Hanran no Dai Ni Gakushō: Kōhen (Sound! Euphonium - The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Turbulent Second Movement: Part 2) novel.

The new film focuses on flutist Nozomi Kasaki and oboist Mizore Yoroizuka, the characters that were also the focus of the Sound! Euphonium 2 anime's first half. In the new film, both Nozomi and Mizore are in their final year of high school, and Nozomi has rejoined the band. The band's new competition piece, "Liz and the Blue Bird," has a flute and oboe duet, which requires both Nozomi and Mizore to be coordinated. But while both have been together since middle school, Mizore is uneasy at the thought of being separated from Nozomi once more at the end of the year, which begins to affect not just their music, but their relationship.

Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, A Silent Voice) directed the film off scripts by Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal). Futoshi Nishiya (A Silent Voice, Free!, episode animation director for both television anime seasons), returned to design the characters. Mutsuo Shinohara (A Silent Voice, Clannad) returned as art director. Kensuke Ushio (A Silent Voice, Space Dandy) composed the music.

Sources: Eleven Arts' YouTube channel, Press release

Update: Eleven Arts added a new version of the video with clearer text on Friday.


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