The upcoming anime film Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo) from Anohana’s director Tatsuyuki Nagai and screenwriter Mari Okada will begin its general screening run in Singapore on 12 December. The film also received a fan screening on 8 December.
The movie will be 1 hour and 47 minutes long and will feature Chinese and English subtitles. The film is also scheduled for release in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia by distributor Encore Films.
The movie stars Kamen Rider actor Ryo Yoshizawa in a dual role as Shinnosuke Kanomura and Shinno, while Shion Wakayama (Dr. Stone, Red Garden) plays the role of Aoi Aioi. Actress and gravure idol Riho Yoshioka voices Aoi’s sister, Akane Aioi. 2
The story centers on Aoi, a high school student and aspiring musician who was taken care of by her older sister, Akane, after their parents’ death 13 years ago. As a result, Akane had to sacrifice her ambition to follow her struggling guitarist boyfriend, Shinnosuke Kanomura, to Tokyo. One day, a boy called Shinno appears and Aoi falls in love with him. However, it turns out that Shinno is actually Shinnosuke from 13 years ago.
Aside from Nagai, other notable staff includes screenwriter Mari Okada and character designer/chief animation director Masayoshi Tanaka. The three make up the Chouheiwa Busters trio that previously made Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart. Like those shows, Her Blue Sky is set in Saitama Prefecture’s Chichibu-city, and serves as the final installment of this Chichibu trilogy. Also involved are producers Hiroyuki Shimizu and Genki Kawamura, who worked on Anohana and Your Name respectively.
Her Blue Sky premiered at the 52nd annual Sitges Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film and Official Fantastic Competition awards. After being screened at the festival on 9 and 10 October, it opened in Japan officially on 11 October.
The movie won the praise of Your Name and Weathering with You director Makoto Shinkai, who tweeted that “it was a very pleasant movie” and called the Chouheiwa Busters trio his “idols”.
Source: press release, email correspondance