From the animation movie, “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” (release date: Jun. 5, 2020), several scenes that show the protagonist turned into a cat with a mysterious mask to approach the person she loves of the protagonist changing into a cat with a mysterious mask are revealed at once.
Also, the movie ticket which comes with the special gift of limited original clear folders, will be sold from Apr. 3.
“Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” is the youth fantasy story of a girl in 2nd year in the middle school called Sasaki Miya, who often surprises the people around her with comments which don't read between the lines and also known as “Muge” (infinity mysterious person).
The reason why Muge doesn't give up although she has been ignored by her classmate whom she loves, called Hinode Kento, is because she has “a mysterious mask which turns her into a cat”, which she has received from the master of a store during the summer festival.
Muge goes to Hinode's house everyday, turning herself into a cat.
The scenes revealed this time depict Muge turning into a cat with an acrobatic movement, Muge in the appearance of a cat while being hold by Hinode, and her spending time with her classmates on the roof space of the school, raising the expectations toward the anime.
When Muge visits Hinode, he names the cat “Tarou”, treats her nicely, and starts to see her as an emotional support, although he usually treats her coldly, not knowing that the cat is Muge.
They approach so closely that both of their cheeks almost touch, and the scene makes the viewers ” want to become the cat”, regardless of the fact they are not Muge.
The animation movie “”Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” will be released in the movie theaters nationwide from Jun. 5, 2020.
Also, the sale of movie tickets, which are priced at 1,500 JPY each (tax included), will begin from Apr. 3. A limited bonus gift featuring a A4-sized original clear folder will be given to the purchase of a movie ticket at the theaters.
(C) 2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee
The long animation movie "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" is released nationwide from Jun. 5, 2020. This movie is produced by the new animation studio "Studio Colorido" who had shocked the world with their work "Penguin Highway".
This is a mysterious and happy story about an accident caused by magic which involved Muge, a girl who has a secret, and the young boy she adored, Hinode.
Other than "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu", there are also other “talk-able cat" work that is must be highlighted in 2020!
Up until now, there are numerous anime works that featured the adorable “talk-able cat" such as the black cat Jiji from "Kiki's Delivery Service" and the Cat's Baron from "The Cat Returns". As the "talk-able cat" also appears as the main cast (?) in the movie "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu", it is worth mentioning that. Now, we will feature some new “talk-able cat" that will appear in 2020.
The middle school girl student, who holds a secret, transform into a cat with the power of the mask in "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" release on Jun. 5, 2020
The “talk-able cat" that appearsappear in this work is the white cat, Taro. Taro is actually the protagonist Muge who turned into a cat via the power of the mysterious mask. Despite she looks like a small white cat from the outer appearance, the inner appearance is a middle high school girl student. Despite not being able to communicate with a human, "the inner girl" speaks in human language. It is inevitable to support this new generation “talk-able cat" character, Muge=Taro as its speech and conduct are unintentionally related to this work which depicts the delicate hearts of the wavering young boy and girl in an emotional manner.
The cat from that famous series is back in "Sailor Moon Eternal" which will be released on Sep. 11, 2020
This is the latest work of the popular series that celebrates its 25 anniversary in 2020. It depict the 4th season of the original work, "Dead Moon Arc". It is a popular episode even in the original series as it depicts the growth of the Sailor Moon and the fleeting love of Chibiusa.
In this work, the male black cat, Luna will appear as the partner of the protagonist, Usagi. The helpful and responsible Luna is like an elder sister among all the Sailor Moon, including Usagi. It is an existence that awakens the power of Usagi and the others, and has also the power to create mysterious items. Let's look forward to the achievement of this highly expected partner of Usagi and others in this latest work.
The achievement of the yellow cat spirit in preventing the world destruction in "Healin' Good PreCure" currently broadcasting!
The one, who holds the keys of Reiwa Era first PreCure series and the 15th PreCure from the 17th "PreCure Series", is the partner of the protagonists, the healing animals which have an adorable appearance. Among them, the most free-spirited character is the “talk-able cat" Nyatoran. It is a cat- shaped healing animal and its trade is its yellow body, orange bang and the shiny fang. It faced various difficulties together with its partner Hinata who is also a free-spirited and thoughtful of her friend.
The movie "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu", where you will share the same feeling as Muge=Taro, will be released in Jun. 5, 2020.
（C） 2020 "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" Production Committee
The main trailer and the main visual for the animation movie "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" (release date: Jun. 5, 2020) have been released.
Also, it was announced that the voice actor Yamadera Kouichi and Ogi Hiroaki from the comedian pair Ogi Yahagi will participate in the movie as the additional cast members. The main theme song will be sung by Yorushika, the artist known for "Becoming famous on the internet", and the song's name is "Hana ni Bourei". The comment from each person also arrived.
In the main trailer released now, Yorushika expressed the view of the world in the movie through the main theme song, "Haru ni Bourei".
Yorushika participated in the movie as the main theme song artist, and their song complements the feeling of Muge to Hinode and deeply depicts the story.
Also, as the additional casts, Yamadera Kouichi plays the Owner Cat, an important character who invites the main character Muge to the world of "cats", and Ogi Hiroaki plays Mr. Kusunoki, who is in charge of Muge and Hinode's class.
It is known that Hanae Natsuki, who plays Hinode, entered the voice actor industry because he admired Yamadera, the legend among the voice actors, and this is the rare occasion where the teacher and the student participate in the same work.
Mr. Kusunoki, who is the teacher for Muge and Hinode's class, was created by imaging Ogi playing the character since the performance director of this movie was a big fan of Ogi.
Mr. Kusunoki have a caring personality and lives in his own pace, and the appearance of the character matches well with Ogi's characteristics.
The main visual released this time depicts Muge's happy but also the sorrowful expression with the pale light, while Muge looks at Hinode playing with a cat.
The meaning hidden in this visual intensifies the expectations toward the story.
The animation movie "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" will be released in the nationwide movie theaters from Jun. 5, 2020.
<Full comments are listed below>
【Yamadera Kouichi, playing the Cat Master】
Q1. Your thoughts when your appearance in the movie was decided
Before I knew the movie's story, I became happy to be able to participate in the movie, where Shida Mirai and Hanae Natsuuski play the main characters. Hanae-kun is the underclassman from the office I belong to and is so active that I even become jealous of his popularity. Shida-san is my favorite actress from "The Queen's Classroom", and I became even a bigger fan of her, witnessing her genius acting in this movie as well.
Q.2 About your character "the Cat Master"
He is mysterious, playing innocent, and evasive unique character. I had so much fun playing him.
Q.3 A message toward the fans and who will watch the movie
Changing feelings of the two characters, the ordinary scenes, and the mysterious world of cats...everything is neatly and delicately depicted in this wonderful movie. I want people from many generations, especially teens who often have many worries!
【Ogi Hiroaki, playing the homeroom teacher, Mr. Kusunoki】
Q1. Your thoughts when your appearance in the movie was decided
I don't know what the staff are thinking because they offered me to play this character. lol The last time I played the character was the movies from overseas, so the staff there was mostly from abroad. I was relaxed in the recordings because I had a translator by my side, but I got nervous in this movie's recordings because the staff was Japanese.
Q. 2 About your character "Mr. Kusunoki"
Actually, when I got an offer, I knew beforehand that the character was designed to imaging me. I only believed 50% of the story and participated in the recording, because the character Mr. Kusunoki had glasses on,a little old, looked fat, and it did look like me.
I played character naturally because the character actually looked like me. I still believe 50% of that story even after I finished recordings. lol
Q. A message toward fans and who will watch the movie
This is the movie that a family can watch together. Both adults and children can enjoy this movie, and I want everyone to watch this. I love works with family love, so I want the families to watch his as well. Also, I want the people who watch the movie to think that my character is a nice teacher. lol Like, "I want to have such a wonderful teacher like this!" lol It is long because this is the movie, but please refrain from using the smartphone in the movie theaters.
I often watch the movie from old times. I watch the movie every time I have free time, and the impressiveness I feel after I finished watching with harmony with music is irreplaceable. I often get charmed by movies that the story and the uniqueness of music fights.
The first word I received from the director was "do in a way you want". Yorushika is the band that has a theme when making music, and it was the middle of making a new album with a new concept when I received the offer. I was happy to hear such words and realized that I have to go out of the decided concept and do freely, not only making the music with a concept.
The theme song used in this movie output the uniqueness of Yorushika. I expected the song to shine by fighting with the creativity of the movie while creating harmony with it. I can't wait to see the movie at the theaters.
(C) 2020 "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu" Production Committee
It was announced that Watanabe Naomi will be acting the role of Zirconia in the movie "Sailor Moon Eternal". Also, Watanabe left various comments such as, "I think she is the character that most fits me".
"Sailor Moon Eternal" is a story of love and justice by Takeuchi Naoko, which was serialized in "Nakayoshi" from 1991 to 1997; in 2012, a project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series started, and in 2014, a new series titled "Sailor Moon Crystal" has been released.
It has been decided that Watanabe Naomi will play the role of Zirconia, a powerful enemy of the Sailor Guardians. Comments about her impressions on the role of Zirconia, who is the ringmaster of Dead Moon Circus plotting to conquer the Earth and the Moon and pledging her loyalty to Nehellenia, the Queen of the Dead Moon, as well as her love for "Sailor Moon", have arrived.
The movie "Sailor Moon Eternal" will be released in two parts; the first part will be released on Jan. 8, 2021, and the second part will be released on Feb. 11, 2021.
Comment by Watanabe Naomi (as Zirconia)
I never dreamed that I could appear in my favorite series "Sailor Moon", so I was extremely happy! For me, Sailor Moon is the "light of my life". I've loved it since I was a child, and just watching all the Sailor Guardians makes me crying, and I still love it so much that I keep buying all kinds of items.
When I was offered the role, I wondered if it was for a new Sailor Guardian. But it was Zirconia as the antagonist (laugh). She's a villain and an old woman character, so I had to lower my voice quite a bit and do it while almost crushing my throat. Even though my heart hurts, I made sure Zirconia's feelings were felt in my acting, "I'll defeat the Sailor Guardians!". I think she is the character that most fits me so far.
In the movie, you can see the cool Sailor Guardians, as well as many powerful enemies. It's a work that not only our generation but also parents and their children and teenagers will be able to enjoy! I hope you're all excited and looking forward to it!
(C) Takeuchi Naoko, PNP / "Sailor Moon Eternal" The Movie Production Committee
The manga "Umibe no Étranger" (by Kii Kanna and published by Shodensha), which takes place on the island off the coast of Okinawa and depicts the innocent love story between a greenhorn novelist and a young boy, had captured the hearts of many people and the theatrical anime is handled by the BL anime Label "BLUE LYNX". Since this movie was released on Sep. 11, 2020, let's reviews the work beforehand.
The greenhorn novelist, Shun unexpectedly called out to the young boy, Mio at the beachside.
---"Hey, you there!"
Because of that Mio had also started to be conscious of Shun, but he has to leave the island no matter what. Mio left after saying "I want to become an adult as soon as possible".
After three years, Mio returns to Shun. He had become slightly mature. With an innocent bright smile. When the unrequited thoughts were responded, the stopped time starts to run again...
The work is based on the manga "Umibe no Étranger" (published by Shodensha) by Kii Kanna.
This anime adaptation is supervised by the author Kii Kanna, who is also an ex-animator, and she is also in charge of the character design.
The animation production was created with a mixture of 2D and 3D animation and is handled by the long-established studio "Studio Hibari", who is known for "Major", and "Monster Strike". The director is Oohashi Akiyo, who had shown her superb skill such as "Danganronpa The Animation" as well as the animation PV for the sales commemoration of "Houseki no Kuni" Vol 1.
The drama between the characters, the beautiful nature of Okinawa, the lights, coloring, and the audio are all drawn carefully with fixation.
This work is the third work of the BL specialized anime Label "BLUE LYNX" after "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather" and "Given the Movie".
■Original Work's Arts Exhibition
The movie "Umibe no Étranger"'s Anime Art Exhibition was held on PARCO GALLERY X, Shibuya, Tokyo. (Duration: Sep. 4, 2020 ~ Sep. 14, 2020)
The exhibition has exhibited over 30 illustrations, including the setting arts, rough drawing, and 5 original illustrations drawn for this movie along with the messages from the casts & staff, the signed scripts, the storyboard drawn by the director Oohashi Akiyo, and others.
Moreover, the art exhibition's original goods with the illustration by Kii Kanna-sensei were on sale.
The main casts will be handled by the same voice actors as the drama CD. Hashimoto Shun is voice by Murata Taishi (known for his role as Norba Shino from "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" and Magee from "Gundam Build Divers") while Tachibana Mio is voice by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (known for his role as Kirito from "Sword Art Online" and Hashibira Inosuke from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba").
Murata Taishi (voice of Hashimoto Shun)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Various thoughts appear in my mind. My appreciation of continues this role from the drama CD and the expectation toward the movie. Above all, I am glad that I am able to perform the encountering scene of Mio. Both of their fates were greatly affected, while Mio is slowly becoming more mature, Shun, on the other hand, is struggling like a loser. At the very beginning when I was voicing the drama CD, this scene was impressive and made my heart throb. Even the scripts are filled with the "Étranger" of the production staff, especially the stage direction as well as the lines...! So, I wanted to respond it with all I have along with the burning obsession that is gradually growing as I wanted everyone to see it right away (haha).
--This works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I personally like the comical expression that was illustrated by Kii Kanna sensei, so I hope it can calm everyone down. During the recording, I remember that it was quite easy in voicing the character as the transition of the character expression from serious to comical was exactly as the manga.
Above everything, the combination between Okinawa and the cat is the best. It a fusion of the spaciousness scenery of the southern island with cuteness. This is the ideal retirement life. Please watch it while thinking about Okinawa and cat.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I would like to thank everyone who is looking forward to the movie!
This movie has a more detailed depiction of the romance between Mio and Shun. People always think about their beloved. That is common sense but I found out that.... it actually harder than I thought. Please enjoy watching the movie while letting your emotions run wild and being immersed in the gentle setting of Étranger. I believed there are surely parts were first-timers of Étranger can understand mutually. Please look forward to "Umibe no Étranger"!
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (voice of Tachibana Mio)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Even though it had been a while since the first drama CD, I still remember Murata-san mentioning that he wanted to see the animation adaptation during the talk part in the drama CD.
At first, I thought it was a joke but I believed that Murata-san is quite glad that the theatrical adaption was decided.
I am genuinely happy when I heard about my role.
However, I am actually scared since this is my first time voicing a BL role in animation.
When I was reading the script, I thought that it had ended splendidly from the start till the end. Then, my memory during the recording of the drama cd resurfaced, which helps me to enter my role easily!
--As this works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I was thinking about how to express the sadness of the Mio as the story contains the emotional period of the lonely Mio, but the art has helped me to express it without being too immersed in it. It as if I was drawn in by the beautiful art!
Feeling such as "I want to go to this world at least once!", "I want to travel to there!", “I want to go to the beach!", and "Mugii!” appears inside of me (haha).
I think everyone will get immersed in it as well, so do enjoy the world of Étranger.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I had done my best already. I hope that it will leave an impression inside everyone's heart.
Actually, this is a work that will cause various thoughts to appear, such as it was great after it had ended, it was beautiful, and it was quite sad.
Please enjoy it while experience various feelings as it will make you think. Please do look forward to it.
Main Theme Song's Anime PV
The theme song for the movie "Umibe no Étranger", called "Zokkon" is written by MONO NO AWARE. Theirs sense of words is the finishing touch to the sentimental youth rock song.
The main trailer make use of the anime PV and it a fusion between the colorful scenes and the emotional song. It consists of various scene, including the blue sky with the blue sea, the expression of the two cute cats, the delicious foods, the troubled Shun, and Mio with a bright smile.
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha, Umibe no Étranger Production Committee
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
It was decided that "Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake" will be released on Theatre on Nov. 6, 2020. The key visual and teaser video have been revealed.
This is the 3rd movie of the anime "Monster Strike" series that has exceeded 4 billion views on YouTube worldwide.
The teaser video shows the tremendous battle scene of Lucifer and the others along with the theme song "Eiyuu no Uta (Hero's Song)" by Oishi Masayoshi.
Nationwide advanced sales tickets will start from Sep. 11 on the permanent store "XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA/ SHINSAIBASHI" as well as the official online store "XFLAG STORE", and nationwide LAWSON, MINISTOP's "Loppi", and theatre's sales counter.
"Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake" will be released on nationwide theatres from Nov. 6.
To commemorate the release of "Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" (released on Sep. 11), the latest "Crayon Shin-chan"'s movie, all the 27 movies of the series can be streamed for free on "ABEMA"'s "Minna no Anime Channel".
To commemorate the release of the latest movie, this project will be streaming the 27 movies of the series for free, including "Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~" that is appearing for the first time on "ABEMA", "Crayon Shin-chan: Great Adventure in Henderland" where the active character "Buriburizaemon" in "Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" made an appearance, and "Crayon Shin-chan: Blitzkrieg! Pig's Hoof's Secret Mission".
Do take this chance to recap "Crayon Shin-chan" movies series on "ABEMA" before watching the latest movie.
The free streaming of all the 27 "Crayon Shin-chan" movies series will be available according on "Minna no Anime Channel".
"Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" will be released nationwide on Sep. 11, 2020.
An audio commentary featuring the splendid cast of Netflix's animated film "A Whisker Away", which includes Shida Mirai (as Muge), Hanae Natsuki (as Hinode), Kotobuki Minako (as Muge's close friend Fukase Yoriko), and Ono Kenshou (as Hinode's close friend Hisami Masamichi), has been released and will be available until Jul. 31.
In addition, comments from directors Satou Junichi and Shibayama Tomotaka have been received, along with the release of new illustrations of the feature film.
Although the broadcast of the movie has just started some days ago on Jun. 18, it has already gained a lot of attention from the fans and has been ranked in the TOP 10 list of Netflix Japan, which is updated every day.
The film has received many positive comments on social media, such as "I was touched by the lines that went straight to my heart", "I empathized with Muge's feelings", and "Best movie in 2020". Director Satou also expressed his gratitude and joy towards the fans, "I'm encouraged that so many people can sympathize with the ambiguous feelings and Muge, Hinode, and the others, and also makes me feel happy to have produced this film".
The audio commentary, which is now available on YouTube for a limited time, was produced by remote recording in response to the great impact that the film has had on the fans.
The splendid cast members Shida, Hanae, Kotobuki, and Ono appear two by two and explain each scene from the beginning to the end of the film.
It is a special and exclusive content where fans will be able to enjoy hearing new details about the characters, the cast's reactions to the film, and their first impressions of each other's performances.
In the middle of the show, a fan quiz is also held and the winner will receive a script signed by Shida and Hanae along with original items of the movie.
Furthermore, a new official illustration depicting the afterward of the film has also been released. It shows Muge, Hinode, Yoriko, and Masamichi visiting a summer festival, where the smiling Muge is dressed in yukata and is holding Hinode's hand, while Hinode looks embarrassed, but not too bothered from it. It's a picture that would make you smile instinctively.
Director Shibayama said about the illustration, "For both who have already seen the film and who haven't seen it yet, the festival has just begun, so please come visit us as often as you like. From the staff and the people involved in this work, this is a way to thank all the fans who support us".
Netflix's animated film "A Whisker Away" is being broadcast worldwide exclusively on Netflix.
<Full comments are as below>
[Director Satou Junichi]
The distribution on Netflix has started successfully, and it's a great pleasure to know that fans from all over the world will be able to watch it. I'm now on the edge of my seat waiting for fans' reactions every day. The story revolves around the subtle feelings of junior high school students. Everything is so immature and fuzzy, but that's why it's so irresistibly lovable, and at the same time reminds me of the difficulties I had in making a drama where the emotions are hard to come out and the acting performance is not that easy. But I'm encouraged that so many people can sympathize with the ambiguous feelings of Muge, Hinode, and the others, and also makes me feel happy to have produced this film. Muge and his friends will continue to live their lives by throwing away the cat masks and being themselves, and that also represents us, meaning that being aware of our weaknesses is the first step to our strengths. We live in a time when it's difficult to find a sense of distance between people, but I hope that this film can help as many people as possible, even if it's just a little".
[Director Shibayama Tomotaka]
<A message of gratitude to all the fans>
Thank you for watching the movie. Muge has been nicknamed 'The Great Mysterious Girl', but there is a reason for her mysterious behavior. If you've seen it once, you know the true intentions of Muge, Hinode, and the other characters, and the side of them that doesn't come out, but if you watch it a second time, it would be interesting to notice that there's something different. In the second half of the film, there are a lot of night scenes after going to the Cat Island, but it gets a little harder to see the detailed depiction of the background art in a bright viewing environment.
If you turn off the lights in the room and watch it in a dark space, you will feel more immersed and enjoy it more.
<About the illustration>
The illustration shows the scene where the four of them come to visit the festival, which was postponed due to rain, after returning from Cat Island. Yoriko and Isami are waiting for Muge and Hinode after arriving a little early and walking around the stands. It's interesting to see how Hinode looks embarrassed even though he and Muge are supposed to be close friends. For both who have already seen the film and who haven't seen it yet, the festival has just begun, so please come visit us as often as you like. From the staff and the people involved in this work, this is a way to thank all the fans who support us".
(C) 2020 "A Whisker Away" Production Committee
From the Netflix anime movie, "A Whisker Away" (worldwide exclusive streaming starting from Jun. 18, 2020), a special video that depicts the heroine Muge's incredibly lovely cat figure and the "Cat Island", where only the cats can live, has been released.
Moreover, scene images of the "Cats Residents", who are played by gorgeous casts including Kitamura Eri, Miki Shinichirou, Sakuma Rei, Yoshita Oolongta, Ochitai Fukushi, have been released as well.
The special video released this time starts with a sweet whisper from a suspicious cat shopkeeper who gave a mask to Muge, saying, "It's good to be a cat, and most of the time I'm happy."
With the power of the mask, she enjoys the cat life to the fullest, by jumping from the roof to Hinode's chest, asking Hinode to cook her food, and looking at vulnerable sleeping face just by his side.
There is no doubt that Hinode finds it cute, and "Tarou"'s lovely expressions and gestures are outstanding.
Muge, who gradually gets comfortable with the joy of being close to her beloved Hinode and the way of life of a free-spirited cat who does not worry about the relationship with others, stepping into the secret world of cats that humans cannot see, called the "Cat Island".
They are wearing clothes and walking on two legs because they used to be humans, but now they are "cat residents" who chose to live like cats.
Muge talks with them at an izakaya-style shop, runs through the city with a serious look, and some action scenes show her being thrown off by a device like a stoning machine that makes feel that great adventure unfolded at “Cat Island”.
In the end, the cat's shop owner is approaching Muge, opening eyes with sharp claws out, and that makes you worried about Muge's destiny.
Moreover, the voices of the cats appearing in this video are played bythe gorgeous voice actors such as Kitamura Eri, Miki Shinichirou, Sakuma Rei, Yoshida Oolongta, and Ochiai Fukushi.
Kitamura plays the female cat called "Kinako", who is the house cat of Muge's father's fiance, Mizutani Kaoru. Although Kinako is only friendly to Kaoru, but she keeps eye on Muge's behaviors. Kitamura plays the mysterious cat with hidden strategies with outstanding acting ability.
In addition, among cat dwellers in "Cat Island", Miki played "Kakinuma", Sakuma played "Tamaki", Yoshida played "Sugita", and Ochiai played "Hajime".
You should also pay attention to the cute cats' residents who reach out to the lost Muge.
The Netflix anime movie "A Whiskered Away" will be exclusively streamed worldwide from Jun. 18, 2020.
(C) 2020 "A Whiskered Away" Production Committee
The animation movie "A Whisker Away" will be exclusively streamed on Netflix on Jun. 18, 2020.
This animation is the latest title for Satou Junichi, the experienced creator of the anime industry who has been participated in long-seller series including "Ojamajo Doremi" with 20th anniversary and "Sailor Moon" with 25th anniversary.
■Stimulation created from a tag team of the top creator and the new-generational creators
"A Whisker Away" is produced by two directors Satou Junichi and Shibayama Tomotaka. Satou Junichi is the director who was a series director of "Ojamajo Doremi" and "Sailor Moon", and created several other great works for children and young girls. Shibayama Tomotaka is a new creator who once participated in "Spirited Away" of Studio Ghibli.
Prior to double director production, storyboards are divided between Satou and Shibayama, and Satou is in charge of the last check as they match the changing points while they write.
When Shibayama looked at the storyboard of the experienced Satou, by looking at the dynamic movement of the protagonist Muge, he quickly prepared for himself that "this production will be a lot of work". At the studio, silence conversation between the experienced and highly-expected directors was seen.
■The character images different between the people who watch the movie...Shida Mirai and Hanae Natsuki's acting skills made them deeper.
The movie has 2 protagonists: heroine Muge is a girl whose first impression is that she is a strange , but she oppresses feelings and has a source of stress, while another protagonist called Hinode is a boy who cannot tell his true feelings.
Satou, who has created many stories of girls in juvenile age, when he depicts them he thinks, "both two understands that 'this is where each of us belongs to', but they act 'not to cause any trouble'. I think this can be related easily by who lives at this moment".
Satou praised the acting of 2 protagonists: Shida Mirai, who played Muge and Hanae Natsuki, who played Hinode.
"Shida-san played Muge free and easy. Natural Muge without any template came up. Hinode played by Hanae-san was deep enough that we could not imagine it just from scenarios and illustrations". He mentioned that the characters got deeper by the voice being added.
■Appealing to cat-lovers!? Director Satou "I think the movie can be related by the people of various ages"
Other than this, Satou delivered a message to the fans who are waiting for the steaming, "I think the point of the movie is that this can be related by the people of various ages. I would be happy if you enjoyed the worldview that you found. Other than this, production studio was filled with cat-lovers. This movie maybe can interact with cats' feelings? So if you are a cat-lover, please watch it (laugh)".
This movie will become a work not only for teenagers like Muge and Hinode but also for anime and movie fans from various age.
Netflix animation movie "A Whisker Away" will be exclusively streamed around the world from Jun. 18, 2020.
(C) 2020 "A Whisker Away" Production Committee
From the anime film, "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu (Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat)", which will be streamed worldwide on Netflix, comes images of its unique characters such as the protagonists, Sasaki Miyo aka "Muge" and Hinode Kento, their family and friends, and the mysterious "Cat Storekeeper".
The heroine, Sasaki Miyo, is a cheerful 8th-grader, who surprises her classmates by saying things without considering the situation, which led to her nickname, "Muge (an abbreviation of Mugendai Nazo Ningen, i.e. Infinitely Mysterious Being)".
Every day, she keeps making moves on her crush, Hinode, but never gets the attention she wants, and is actually hiding her true feelings, contrary to how people see her. One day, she gets a mysterious mask, which "by wearing it, turns you into a cat", and starts to go see Hinode as a cat.
Shida Mirai, who plays Muge, says, "She's a nice character since she expresses her feelings honestly, which is a rare thing nowadays."
The gap between how she acts at school in front of her friends and how she acts in her room makes her a charming character who you will want to root for.
Hinode Kento is a calm and collected boy with excellent grades who is the classmate that Muge has a crush on.
Since he is going through adolescence, he is unable to speak out his mind, and can't decide what he wants to do with his life. However, he shows some unexpected sides, such as his passion for pottery influenced by his potter grandfather, love of cooking, and showing affection towards Muge as a cat by calling her "Tarou".
Hanae Natsuki, who plays Hinode, is said to have done a great job of portraying the character's delicate emotional changes. His solid performance is backed up by his popularity.
Hanae said, "The transformation of a boy to a young man" is the appeal of Hinode. Let's be sure to check out his change of heart in the film.
The "Cat Storekeeper" is a large cat that wears a kimono on his chubby figure and talks with a relaxed tone of voice. He is the one who gives the mysterious mask to Muge. He often visits Muge to encourage her to live as a cat and leads her to the "cat" world. There seems to be a hidden intention behind these actions of his...
Yamadera Kouichi, who plays the Cat Storekeeper, says, "It was really entertaining to play the role." The strange yet charming and elusive character is a must-see for all audiences.
"Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu" also has various characters, such as classmates, including Fukase Yoriko (voiced by Kotobuki Minako), who stands by Muge, who is often regarded as a weirdo, Isami Masamichi (voiced by Ono Kensho), who hangs out with Hinode; Muge's complicated family members, Sasaki Youji (voiced by Chiba Susumu), the father, his fiance, Mizutani Kaoru (voiced by Kawasumi Ayako), and Muge's mother who has divorced Youji, Saitou Miki (voiced by Oohara Sayaka), to make the story more interesting.
We also can't forget about the supporting characters, such as Sakaguchi Tomoya (voiced by Namikawa Daisuke), the handsome staff member of Hinode's grandfather's workshop, and Kusunoki-sensei (voiced by Ogi Hiroaki), the homeroom teacher of Muge and Hinode's class.
The Netflix exclusive anime film, "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu" will be streamed worldwide from Jun. 18, 2020.
(C)2020 "Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu" Production Committee
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