On Tuesday, Shin-Ei Animation’s official website released an exciting teaser visual and trailer for their anime film adaptation of Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s memoir, Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (Madoigwa no Totto-chan).
The captivating video introduces 7-year-old Liliana Ohno as the talented actress portraying Totto-chan, while also announcing the film’s anticipated release date of December 8 in Japan.
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Shinnosuke Yakuwa, known for directing films like “Eiga Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyō – Peko to 5-nin no Tankentai,” “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016,” and “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration,” is set to helm the upcoming movie at Shin-Ei Animation. Collaborating with Yōsuke Suzuki, known for his work on “Pazudora,” Yakuwa will also be involved in penning the script.
The character designs for the film will be handled by the talented Shizue Kaneko, renowned for her exceptional work on projects such as “Monster Strike The Movie,” “Adachi and Shimamura,” and “How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord.”
Based on Kuroyanagi’s captivating memoir, the narrative revolves around her experiences at Tomoe Gakuen, where she sought solace after struggling to fit in at her previous elementary school. Within the walls of this new educational institution, she encounters a diverse group of students and embarks on a journey of continuous learning. Against the backdrop of Japan’s descent into war, Kuroyanagi’s tale serves as a poignant reflection of her growth and the invaluable lessons she discovers along the way.
Originally published in Japan in 1981, Kuroyanagi’s book swiftly gained immense popularity, ultimately becoming a bestseller within a year. Its impact was far-reaching, as it became mandatory reading for Japanese elementary school students during the 1980s and subsequently garnered translations in various languages worldwide, including English.