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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film's Dub Cast Announced Ahead of February U.S. Theatrical Release

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Robbie Daymond, Erika Harlacher star in drama film


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Aniplex of America announced at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that its United States theatrical release for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel is slated for February 2019. Screenings on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English-subtitled, while screenings on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be English-dubbed. Fathom Events is collaborating on the screenings.

The company announced the English dub cast. Erica Mendez is directing the dub at Bang Zoom! Entertainment, and the cast includes:

  • Robbie Daymond as "Me"
  • Erika Harlacher as Sakura Yamauchi
  • Kira Buckland as Kyoko
  • Kyle McCarley as Takahiro
  • Dorah Fine as Sakura's Mother

The film opened in Japan on September 1. It ranked at #10 at the Japanese box office in its opening weekend, selling 87,206 tickets on Saturday and Sunday to earn 106,999,080 yen (about US$960,000).

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 who 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 garnered over 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 last June.

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: Aniplex of America's Anime NYC panel (Rai Kelly), Email Correspondence

Update: Screening times added via Fathom Events press release.


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