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Santa Company, Coluboccoro Films Reveal November 29 Opening, New Cast

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Redubbed Coluboccoro casts former Nogizaka46 idol Nanase Nishino; extended Santa Company casts Kazutoyo Koyabu

The staff for the Santa Company: Christmas no Himitsu (The Secret of Christmas), the new extended film version of Kenji Itoso's Santa Company short anime, revealed on Tuesday that the film will open in Japan on November 29, and that Kazutoyo Koyabu will be a guest cast member for the film.

The staff also revealed that the new version of KENJI STUDIO's Coluboccoro anime has cast former Nogizaka46 idol Nanase Nishino as the main character Suzu. (Emiri Katō voiced the character previously.) The new version will play alongside the new Santa Company film, starting on November 29.

The new Santa Company version is commemorating 100 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland. The film will feature new scenes and an expanded story, and Itoso wrote the new scenario that will be featured in the film. KENJI STUDIO launched a crowdfunding campaign for the anime on Sony Bank Gate on June 20. The studio also launched another crowdfunding campaign on the Japanese service Makuake and on Kickstarter in August.

The new film stars:

Itoso is again credited with the original work and is directing and writing the script for the film. Hidari (Fractale, Natsu-iro Kiseki) is credited again for the character design. KENJI STUDIO is credited with writing, and Asahi Production is the production studio. Starry Cube is credited with planning and producing.

Itoso held a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to fund Santa Company, which met its US$50,000 goal. The original anime debuted at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2014.

The story revolves around Noel, a 12-year-old girl who despises Christmas. She has lived with her father ever since her parents divorced three years ago, but her father ends up busy at work every Christmas and she cannot play with her friends from school.

On a lonely Christmas Eve, Noel takes her usual apartment complex elevator ride to her home, but when the doors open, she finds herself lost in a humongous factory — owned by Santa Claus. Santa Claus has gone corporate as Santa Company with the motto "Fast, Reliable and Secret Delivery." The outfit takes orders and delivers top-notch presents to children in the utmost secrecy. Noel meets some new friends, and together, they take off in a sled to deliver presents.

The Coluboccoro anime (pictured below) is a fantasy short that Itoso produced with Anime Innovation Tokyo, and it won the grand prize in the Creative Market Tokyo 2011 event. A Kickstarter campaign funded a release on home video with English subtitles.

Source: Comic Natalie

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