Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, Fall 2019 Debut
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A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed more details for the upcoming Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend film project.
The film is titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine (pronounced "fee-nay" like the musical notation), and it will open in fall 2019.
The staff also revealed a visual.
The presentation also revealed the film's returning staff and cast.
Kanta Kamei is now serving as chief director at Cloverworks, and Akihisa Shibata (episode director for the two previous seasons) is the director. Fumiaki Maruto is returning to write the script, and Tomoaki Takase is returning to design the characters. Aniplex will distribute the film.
The returning cast includes:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tomoya Aki
- Kiyono Yasuno as Megumi Katō
- Saori Ōnishi as Eriri Spencer Sawamura
- Ai Kayano as Utaha Kasumigaoka
- Sayuri Yahagi as Michiru Hyōdō
- Chinatsu Akasaki as Izumi Hashima
- Tetsuya Kakihara as Iori Hashima
The film will not be a compilation film of the previous anime, but will be a new work.
Fumiaki Maruto's original light novel series with illustrations by Kurehito Misaki revolves around Tomoya Aki, an otaku who is working part-time to earn enough money to buy anime on Blu-ray Disc. He meets a beautiful girl on his way home during spring vacation. He eventually models the heroine of his own dōjin game after her. However, he finds out a month later that the girl is in fact his classmate, and he doesn't know her name. He learns that the girl — named Megumi — actually is hardly noticed by others. Tomoya also has no artistic ability or writing skills, so he asks ace of the art club Eriri Spencer Sawamura to provide the art, as well as the honor student Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the scenario. Can they produce a decent game for Comic Market?
The light novel series ended with its 13th volume (seen right) in October 2017.
The novels inspired an anime adaptation that premiered in January 2015 in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block, and a second series premiered on the same block in April 2017. Aniplex of America licensed the first series under the title Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, and streamed it on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Hulu as it aired. Aniplex of America streamed the second series under the title Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat on Amazon's now-defunct Anime Strike channel.
A PlayStation Vita game based off of the anime shipped in Japan in April 2015.
Yen Press is publishing Takeshi Moriki's manga adaptation. Moriki ended the series in August 2016 with eight volumes, and began the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Girls Side manga in September 2016. Moriki ended that manga in June 2017, and the second and final volume shipped in July 2017.
The novels have inspired two other manga series titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily and Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: Koi-suru Metronome. Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily ended in 2014 with three volumes, and Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: Koi-suru Metronome ended on April 25. The manga's 10th and final compiled volume shipped on June 25.
Source: Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018 livestream