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Masaaki Yuasa's 'Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara' Anime Film Reveals Lead Cast, Character Details

posted on by Karen Ressler
Ryota Katayose, Rina Kawaei star in film about surfer, fireman

The official website for director Masaaki Yuasa's Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara (tentative English title: "Riding a Wave with You") anime film announced the two lead cast members and character details on Tuesday.

The cast includes:

Ryota Katayose (pictured left in image above) of GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE as Minato Hinageshi, a fireman with a strong sense of justice. On land, he can handle any task. He loses his life in an accident at sea, but he can appear again thanks to Hinako's song.

Rina Kawaei (pictured right in image above) as Hinako Mikaimizu, a college student who loves to surf. She has a bright and carefree personality but lacks confidence in her future.

The film will be Katayose's first voice acting role.

The film will open in Japan on June 21, 2019.

The love story follows Hinako, a college student who moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she's on the waves she's fearless, but on land she has trouble riding the waves of life. When a fire wreaks havoc in the town, Hinako encounters firefighter named Minato. Minato can handle almost any task on land, but is a beginner at surfing. As they surf and spend more time together, Hinako feels drawn to someone like Minato who devotes himself to helping other people, and the two start a relationship. However, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Despondent, Hinako sings a song about their memories together, and Minato appears again from the water.

Reiko Yoshida (Lu over the wall, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird) is writing the film's script, and Michiru Oshima (Patema Inverted, The Night is Short Walk On, Girl) is composing the music.

Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara will be Yuasa's first new work since The Night is Short Walk On, Girl, Lu over the wall, and DEVILMAN crybaby.

Sources: Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara film's website, Comic Natalie

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