The animated film “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko-chan at the Fishing Port)”, planned and produced by Akashiya Sanma, will be released on June 11, 2021. It was announced that Ootake Shinobu will be in charge of the voice of the main character, Nikuko-chan, and a special report video was also shown for the first time.
The film is a touching heartwarming comedy about a mother and daughter who have nothing in common and live on a boat in a fishing port. Based on the novel of the same title by Nishi Kanako, which won the 152nd Naoki Prize and has sold more than 350,000 copies in total.
In this film, the voice of the protagonist, Nikuko-chan, who is always full of energy, bright and powerful, will be played by Ootake Shinobu, who has also been in the voice cast of “The Wind Rises,” “Inside Head,” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
A special report of the film, which was released for the first time, starts with a scene where the daughter Kikuko says, “Nikuko-chan and I are living on a boat in a fishing port for some reason.” The scene begins with the mother, Nikuko-chan, played byOotake Shinobu, saying, “It’s morning, Kikulin! Eat school and go to gohan! The scene showed the mother, Nikuko-chan, played by Ootake Shinobu, hurriedly changing her clothes while mixing up the words.
In response to the announcement of the voice cast and the special report, comments have been received from Akashiya Sanma, who planned and produced the film, and Ootake Shinobu, who plays the role of Nikuko-chan.
The film will be released on June 11, 2021 at TOHO Cinemas Hibiya and other venues nationwide.
Planned and produced by: Akashiya Sanma
(On the reason for Ootake Shinobu’s appointment)
The co-producers recommended Ootake Shinobu for the role of Nikuko-chan, so I said, “Why don’t you offer her the role? Then Ootake-san said to me, “You (Sanma-san) really wanted me to play the role, didn’t you?” But I didn’t say that (lol). I told her that if she wanted to ask me for a job, she had to go through official channels.
Director Watanabe also said that Nikuko-chan and Ootake-san hit it off, and the role of Nikuko-chan was decided first.
I’m grateful that she accepted the offer. I’m counting on her.
Nikuko-chan (voice actress): Ootake Shinobu
I read the original story and laughed and cried. Watching the video, I laughed and cried even more.
I admire Nikuko-chan for being able to accept even the hardest of times with a smile and a “Haha-hah”.
I really felt that the producer, Sanma-san, really likes to see people laughing. That’s why he made this movie.
I will do my best to deliver happiness to everyone without destroying that.
(C) 2021 “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” Production Committee