“Hello World” Anime Film Gets Malaysia Limited Release

Malaysian movie distributor GSC Movies has announced that it will screen the anime movie Hello World in select locations starting on 7 February. 

Directed by Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale) and produced by Graphinica (Expelled from Paradise), the sci-fi romance will be shown at GSC outlets in Mid Valley Megamall, 1 Utama, Pavilion KL, Gurney Plaza, and Paradigm Mall (JB) with English and Chinese subtitles.

The movie is set in 2027 Kyoto, where high school student Naomi Katagaki meets a person who claims to be his future self. They have to work together to change the future and save Naomi’s classmate, Ruri, whom he will start dating in three months in the present timeline. 

Takumi Kitamura plays young Naomi, while Minami Hamabe plays Ruri. The two actors previously co-starred in the live-action adaptation of I Want To Eat Your Pancreas as past “I” and Sakura Yamauchi respectively. 

The other cast members include Tori Matsuzaka (Kakeru Tanaka in .hack//The Movie) as future Naomi, Takehito Koyasu ( Roswaal L. Mathers in Re/Zero) as Tsunehisa Senko, Minako Kotobuki (Tsumugi Kotobuki in K-On) as Ii Shizuka, Rie Kugimiya (Haruka Sawamura in the Yakuza game series) as Karasu (Crow), and Haruka Fukuhara (Himari Arisugawa in Kirakira PreCure a la Mode) as Mirei Kadenokoji.

A three-episode spin-off series titled Another World was released between September 13 to October 4 last year in Japan.

Source: press release, email correspondence

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