Anohana Team's Her Blue Sky Anime Film Gets Manga Adaptation
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Kadokawa's Comic Newtype web comic site began publishing a manga adaptation of Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, on Friday. Yaeko Ninagawa (Ghost Slayers Ayashi) is drawing the manga.
The film will open in Japan on October 11.
The film's story is set in a town nestled in the mountains, and it centers on second-year high school student and aspiring musician Aoi Aioi, her older sister Akane Aioi, Akane's ex-boyfriend and struggling guitarist Shinnosuke Kanomura, and Shinno — who is actually Shinnosuke from 13 years ago after traveling from the past to the present.
Aoi and Akane's parents passed away in an accident 13 years ago, and Akane gave up her ambition of going to Tokyo with Shinnosuke to take care of Aoi. Since then, Aoi has felt indebted to her older sister. One day, Aoi is invited to perform at a music festival as a session musician by a famous enka singer named Dankichi. At the same time, Shinnosuke returns to Aoi and Akane's town after a long time away. Then, Shinno mysteriously appears, and Aoi falls in love for the first time.
Director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer and director Mari Okada, and artist Masayoshi Tanaka — the members of Super Peace Busters — are handling the film. Nagai is directing, Okada is penning the script, and Tanaka is drawing the original character designs and serving as chief animation director. CloverWorks is in charge of animation production. Producers Hiroyuki Shimizu (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart) and Genki Kawamura (your name., Mirai) are producing the film. Ken Matsudaira will perform an insert song for the film, and Aimyon will perform the theme song "Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo."
Nagai, Okada, and Tanaka commented that the film is the third work set in Okada's hometown of Chichibu, after anohana and The Anthem of the Heart.