Tokyo 7th Sisters Anime Film's New Trailer Unveils More Cast, February 26 Delay
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The official website for Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru, the anime film of Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game, posted a new trailer and second key visual on Wednesday. Both announced more cast members and the film's rescheduled February 26 opening. The trailer also features the film's theme song "Departures: Ashita no Uta" (Tomorrow's Song) by the in-franchise unit 777☆SISTERS.
The newly announced cast members are:
- Tomomichi Nishimura as Kōzō Hakkaku (left in images below), the manager of the huge, once dominant Hakkaku Studio
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Noriyuki Namekawa (right), the vice-president of the Namekawa conglomerate that is scheming to take over Hakkaku Studio
The 77-minute film was scheduled to open this summer, but was delayed due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It will have a limited run at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters, which will display posters featuring the new visual above.
Shintarō Motegi, the chief director of the game, is credited for creating the anime's original concept, writing the script, and producing the music. Takayuki Kitagawa is directing the film at LandQ studios, with Masakazu Sunagawa as assistant director and Toei Animation producing. Atsushi Suzuki, Yoshihide Moriyama, Kazuo Katō, and Motegi planned the project's development, and Hisashi Matsuura, Motohiro Oda, and Kōji Suzuki are the producers with Takahiko Sakagami as line producer.
Yōsuke Kikuchi is adapting the original designs by MKS for animation, and also serving as chief animation director. Ayumi Sugimoto is directing the art, with Masayuki Niizuma in charge of art design. Kanna Terawake is the color key artist. Yoshiaki Dewa is composing the music, and Victor Entertainment is producing the music.
The game's cast members reprise their roles for the anime.
Donuts released the "idol-raising rhythm and adventure" game on iOS in February 2014, and on Android in November 2014. The franchise has also inspired several manga and novel adaptations.
In the game, players take on the role of the new manager in a studio called "777" (pronounced "Three Seven") and scout for promising young idols. The game mixes an emphasis on story and character development with a rhythm game aspect. The idols compete to win admiration from fans and develop their ability by singing original songs written by young artists "of the Vocaloid generation."
The game already inspired the animated music video "t7s Longing for summer Again And Again ~Harukaze~" (t7s Longing for summer Again And Again: Spring Breeze) as "Part 1" of an animation video adaptation project in 2017.
Sources: Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru film's website, Mantan Web