Anohana, the 11-episode, heart-wrenching, A-1 Pictures anime has been on my favorites list for a while (sitting at about 12 now). And just as I began craving another story like it noitaminA announced that the main staff of Anohana, including director Tatsuyuki Nagai, is working on an original film premiering on September 19th, 2015.
The trailer features absolutely breath-taking visuals, with some of those backgrounds looking more like actual photographs, and this one, odd, really creepy scene. That part when the egg fairy thing is zipping Jun’s mouth closed kinda freaks me out if we’re being honest.
The synopsis is also interesting: “Jun Naruse is a girl who carries the guilt of breaking up her family with the words she carelessly uttered when she was young… Suddenly, a mysterious “Egg Fairy” appears in front of Jun and casts a curse on her so that she can never hurt anybody with her words. Jun’s ability to speak is sealed away: every time she tries, she feels a pain in her stomach. Traumatized by this experience, Jun hides her feelings deep inside of her heart, turning to e-mail messages on her mobile phone as her sole means of communication.
Jun is now a second year high school student. One day, her homeroom teacher appoints Jun and three other students as members of the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Committee. As it turns out, the appointed group is a rather unexpected mix of students. Other than Jun, the members of the Committee are Takumi Sakagami, the burn-out who never speaks his true intentions; Daiki Tasaki, the former baseball team ace who failed his run at the Championships due to an injury; and Natsuki Nito, the cheerleader and honor student who has some concerns about her love life. They all suffer from emotional trauma just like Jun.” (Source)
An English promotional site has also been uploaded, and looks pretty snazzy.
The only… odd thing about the movie, is the mention of “Ultra Peace Busters,” which is very similar to the “Super Peace Busters” from Anohana. Which means that this is either just a translation difference, and the movie is from the same universe as Anohana, or the writer has a thing for “Peace Busters.”
Titled “Anthem of the Heart” and made by the Anohana staff, this is a movie everyone should be looking forward to.