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Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film's Trailer Reveals Narrators

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Yoshihiko Inohara, Manami Nanjō narrate November 8 film

ASMIK Ace began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters. The trailer reveals Yoshihiko Inohara and Manami Nanjō as the film's narrators. The film's staff also unveiled new visual for the film.

The film will open in Japan on November 8.

Mankyū ([email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater, Jaku-San-Sei Million Arthur) is directing the film at Fanworks. Takashi Sumita (Europe Kikaku) is penning the script. Kaori Hino (Napping Princess, In This Corner of the World) is the art director.

The film's story begins when the Sumikko Gurashi characters find a mysterious picture book in the basement of a cafe they always go to. The film will feature new locales, items, and characters.

Sumikko Gurashi debuted in 2012 as slightly negative characters who like to stay in the corner of a room. The characters include "Shirokuma," a polar bear who is sensitive to cold; "Penguin?" (with a question mark in its name), a penguin who is unsure if it is actually a penguin; "Tonkatsu," a piece of pork cutlet that was left uneaten; "Neko," a shy cat; and "Tokage," who hides his nature as one of the last dinosaurs.

The franchise has inspired toys, books, stationery material, and video games.

San-X's "Rilakkuma" character also inspired the Rilakkuma and Kaoru (Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san) anime that debuted globally on Netflix on April 19.

Sources: ASMIK Ace's YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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