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'Deji' Meets Girl Anime's 4th Video Previews Theme Song, Reveals More Cast & Staff

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Kenta Miyake, Ikuko Tani co-star with Yuko Gibu as dialect coach, Akane Malbeni drawing manga

The official website for the original short anime "Deji" Meets Girl posted the anime's fourth promotional video on Tuesday. The video previews the theme song "Otogibanashi no Yо̄ na Kiseki" (Fairy Tale-like Miracle) by 16-year-old singer Aoi Kubo and announces additional cast and staff members.

The newly announced cast members are:

Kenta Miyake as Kaisei Higa, Maise's father

Ikuko Tani as Teruko Higa, Maise's grandmother

Yuko Gibu (Umi Monogatari) is serving as the dialect coach.

The anime's original character designer and series script supervisor Akane Malbeni is adapting the story as a manga with scenes not in the anime as well as characters' inner thoughts. The Comic Polaris web service will post a prologue on September 30, and various e-book services will offer five more chapters plus an epilogue on October 9, October 23, November 6, November 27, and December 18.

The wondrous story is set in motion one summer when Maise Higa, a listless first-year high school girl who works part-time at the front desk of her family's hotel in Okinawa, meets an "Ichirō Suzuki," a mysterious youth who came alone from Tokyo as a hotel guest. Since Suzuki's arrival, "dëji" things have been happening around Maise, like fish swimming around the room or a giant banyan tree smashing through the hotel ceiling. ("Dëji" is an Okinawan word that means "totally" or "very.")

Kiyono Yasuno will voice the main character Maise Higa in the anime.

Tatsuyuki Kobayashi will voice the character Ichirō Suzuki.

Ushio Tazawa (chief animation director for Makoto Shinkai works such as The Place Promised in Our Early Days) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Tazawa is also adapting the original characters designs by series script supervisor and Okinawan illustrator Akane Malbeni (Side-By-Side Dreamers, DAOKO's CD jacket art and music video character designs) for animation.

Norifumi Okuno and Kaori Akatsu are designing the props. Miu Miyamoto is directing the art, and Kunio Tsujita is the color key artist. Yoshimasa Yamazaki is the 3D director. Mitsuyoshi Yamamoto is the compositing director of photography, and Kiyomi Yamada (EditZ) is editing. Ryousuke Naya is directing the sound at Studio Mouse, and Hiroshi Nakamura is composing the music. The original story is credited to "Naminoue Seinendan."

The anime will premeire on October 1 "in the tail end of the Super Animeism" block on MBS, TBS, and 26 other affiliated stations. The anime will have 90-second weekly episodes.

The anime had its international premiere as a closing-day screening of Montreal's 25th Fantasia International Film Festival on August 25.

Sources: "Deji" Meets Girl anime's website, Comic Natalie


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