The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store Releases Short Trailer


A brief 35-second trailer has been released for the upcoming The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store anime movie, providing a quick preview of protagonist Akino, the show’s bright visuals, and the Hokkyoku Department Store with its animal customers.

Playing the role of Akino is Natsumi Kawaida. The other newly revealed cast members are:

Takeo Ootsuka as Elulu
Nobuo Tobita as Todo
Megumi Han as Mori
Natsumi Fujiwara as Iwase
Eiji Yoshitomi as Maruki
Jun Fukuyama as the maître d’hôtel
Yuuichi Nakamura as Tokiwa

The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store is based on the Shogakukan-published manga by Tsuchika Nishimura. Yoshimi Itazu (Welcome to the Ballroom) is directing the adaptation at Production I.G with a script from Satomi Ooshima (Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Raven of the Inner Palace series composer). The movie is set for a fall release in Japan.

The manga began serialization in Big Comic in 2017 and had its second and final tankoubon volume published in 2020. It was a recipient of the Japan Media Arts Festival’s 25th Manga Division Excellence Award.


The Japan Media Arts Festival describes The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store as:

“All kinds of animals, including ones that are a bit unfamiliar, visit the department store where I work.” Akino is a new concierge at the Hokkyoku Department Store, where all customers are animals. This is a series of short stories, portraying Akino’s growth as she learns about the mentality of being a concierge through her job. At this unusual department store with human clerks and animal customers, extinct animals come to consult with the concierges about items they are looking for or problems they have. As Akino tactfully solves the problems of the customers with a smile, her sincerity gradually softens difficult customers. Combining a job-themed genre with an animal manga element, this work features beautiful graphics. Its artistic details are also attractive, including the customers’ outfits in the glamorous department store and the Art Deco style interior of the store. Behind the story lies a critical eye toward issues such as our mass consumption society and environmental destruction, and the work stimulates the readers’ thoughts.

Source: Aniplex Channel

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