The role of Hanae Natsuki in the anime movie “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” (release date: June 11, 2021) planned and produced by Akashiya Sanma, has been announced. It was also decided that the daughter of Nikuko-chan, Kikuko will be voiced by the flutist and model, Cocomi.
“Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” is the anime movie of Nishi Kanoko’s best seller light novel that has over 350,000 copies in circulation and the winner of the 152nd Naoki Awards. It depicts the trajectory as well as the growth of the mother and daughter, Nikuko-chan and Kikuko, who are living in a ship at the fishing harbor. This film has caused a storm when the voice actor Hanae Natsuki was announced as a guest, the day after this film was announced.
The director is Watanabe Ayumu, who had directed “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur 2006” and “Children of the Sea”, character design and general art director is the first batch joiner of Studio Ghibli, Konishi Kenichi, who is the animation director of “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Children of the Sea”, the script is written by Ooshima Satomi (“Nagi’s Long Vacation”), the animation is produced by STUDIO4°C, who is known for “Tekkon Kinkreet”, “Children of the Sea”, “Poupelle of Chimney Town”, and others.
Along with the announcement of Cocomi’s first challenge as a voice actor as Kikuko, Hanae was announced to voice Kikuko’s classmate as well as a key person, the young boy Ninomiya.
Do check out their voice acting together with Ootake Shinobu, who is voicing Nikuko.
“Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” will be released on June 11, 2021.
Ninomiya, voiced by Hanae Natsuki
I felt honored for this offer.
I didn’t expect I would be able to be involved with Sanma-san’s work in this manner as I had watched his work on TV since young. Life is filled with surprises. Sanma-san appearance of doing his best in every new thing is somehow similar to Nikuko-chan.
Ninomiya is a bit abnormal young boy, but I will try my best to express his talking trait and his special sense.
I’m also looking forward to the recording with Ootake-san and Cocomi-san. I will go all out!
Kikuko, voiced by Cocomi
I felt honored when Sanma-san offered me this role.
It also makes me happy to think that he remembers that I told him I had attended a voice actor’s school during my middle school times. When I was reading the original work, I felt that the thoughts of Kikuko-chan, who go with the flow when things get a bit troublesome, are somehow similar to mine.
I had once participated in a fashion magazine work together with Hanae Natsuki-san. I might cause some trouble, but I will do my best in this role. I’m feeling a bit nervous, but I want to tell everyone the personality and good side of Kikuko-chan properly, so I will give my all into it!!
(C) 2021 “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” Production Committee