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Sanrio's New Jewelpet Anime Film & Kukuriraige Film to Open in February

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Both films set in China's Sichuan Province

Sanrio announced on Thursday that Jewelpet: Attack Travel, a brand-new anime film in its Jewelpet franchise, will open in Japanese theaters in February. It will screen with the animated film Kukuriraige -Sanxingdui Denki- (Kukuriraige: Sanxingdui Fantasy).

The new Jewelpet film's story has Ruby, Garnet, and the other familiar, jewel-eyed Jewelpet characters suddenly going on a school trip with the teacher Iruka to China's Sichuan Province. However, there is something odd about the tour conductor, driver, and guide on their sightseeing bus as it heads towards its true destination.

The returning and new cast members include:

Ayaka Saito as Ruby

Aya Hirano as Garnet

Nozomi Sasaki as Sapphy (Sapphire)

Miyuki Sawashiro as Labra (Labradorite)

Mayumi Tsuchiya as Rald (Emerald)

Masami Iwasaki as Iruka-sensei

Takeshi Kusao as Tour Conductor

Kazuki Yao as Driver

Marie Miyake as Bus Guide

Risae Matsuda as O-Saru (Monkey, not pictured)

Yōji Ueda as Fairy (not pictured)

Rei Matsuzaki as Fairy (not pictured)

Hiroshi Negishi (NG Knight Lamune & 40) is directing the film at Ashi Production. and Kanichi Katou (Jewelpet, Idol Time PriPara) is writing the script. Yumiko Hara (Jewelpet franchise, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director.

Fumikazu Sato (T-Zero Factory) is drawing the storyboards, and Keita Nakano is serving as technical director. Tomoko Miyakawa is credited for the Jewelpet anime designs.

The new film marks the 10th anniversary of the first Jewelpet anime. Also for the 10th anniversary, Sanrio's official YouTube channel is uploading all 351 episodes from the seven Jewelpet series in regular batches for free.

Kukuriraige -Sanxingdui Denki- is a fantasy story inspired by the real-life, 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui ruins in Sichuan's Guanghan City. "黄軍" is credited as the creator and chief director, and Zero-G is producing the animation. Fumikazu Sato is directing the Japanese version of the film, and Akira Honma is designing the characters. Saber Project is producing the Japanese version.

Sanrio and Sega Toys launched their Jewelpet character and toy line in 2008, and the first Jewelpet anime followed a year later. Each Jewelpet toy is a stuffed animal; in the original storyline, these pets belonged to magicians in "Jewelland" and can use magic themselves, thanks to their round jewel eyes. They study every day to learn how to use magic.

The first Jewelpet television anime series was followed by Jewelpet Twinkle, Jewelpet Sunshine, Jewelpet Kira☆Deco—!, Jewelpet Happiness, Lady Jewelpet, and most recently, 2015's Jewelpet Magical Change.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Labra's spelling fixed. Thanks, K.o.R


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