The team at Shinei Animation, responsible for bringing Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s autobiographical memoir “Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window” to life on the anime film adaptation, recently shared exciting details.
They announced that Aimyon is set to perform the enchanting theme song titled “Ano ne.” Additionally, TOHO treated fans to a captivating new trailer that offers a glimpse of this mesmerizing theme song.
Accompanying this announcement, an eye-catching visual was also revealed, adding to the anticipation surrounding the film’s release. In the movie, the role of Totto-chan will be portrayed by the talented 7-year-old Liliana Ohno.
The cast includes:
- Karen Takizawa as Miss Oishi, Totto-chan’s homeroom teacher
- Anne (Anne Watanabe) as Cho Kuroyanagi, Totto-chan’s mother
- Kōji Yakusho as Sōsaku Kobayashi, Totto-chan’s principal at Tomoe Gakuen
- Shun Oguri as Moritsuna Kuroyanagi, Totto-chan’s father
Mark your calendars as this highly anticipated film is scheduled to hit Japanese theaters on December 8th. The film is in the capable hands of director Shinnosuke Yakuwa, known for his work on films such as “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.” Yakuwa is also co-writing the script with Yōsuke Suzuki, renowned for “Pazudora.” Character design duties fall to the talented Shizue Kaneko, who has previously worked on projects like “Monster Strike The Movie,” “Adachi and Shimamura,” and “How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord.”
Kuroyanagi’s memoir beautifully narrates her journey to Tomoe Gakuen, a school she attended after feeling out of place in her initial elementary school. Here, she encounters a fascinating array of fellow students and embarks on a remarkable journey of learning, all while Japan grapples with the tumultuous backdrop of wartime.
Originally published in Japan in 1981, Kuroyanagi’s memoir swiftly became a national bestseller within the following year.
It earned its place as required reading for Japanese elementary school students during the 1980s and was also translated into various languages, including English, captivating readers worldwide.