Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window Anime Film Premieres December 8, Reveals New Visual & PV Trailer

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© 黒柳徹子/​2023映画「窓ぎわのトットちゃん」​製作委員会

The production team for the upcoming Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window anime film adaptation announced that it will premiere in Japan on December 8, 2023. A new teaser visual and 30-second PV trailer, featuring the main titular heroine, was also released. 

The main production staff for the film includes Shinnosuke Yakuwa (Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki) as director and co-screenwriter, Yousuke Suzuki (Komi Can’t Communicate planning assistant) as co-screenwriter, and Shizue Kaneko (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega) as character designer. Shin-Ei Animation is in charge of the animation production. 

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© 黒柳徹子/​2023映画「窓ぎわのトットちゃん」​製作委員会

Child actress Liliana Oono is voicing the film’s main heroine Totto-chan. 

The anime film is based on Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s series of memoir articles, originally published in Kodansha’s Young Woman magazine from February 1979 through December 1980. The articles were then compiled into a book, which sold more than five million copies before the end of 1982. 

An English edition of Kuroyanagi’s memoir was translated by Dorothy Britton and published in the U.S. in 1984. The book has since been translated and released in many different languages around the world. 

Kodansha USA releases Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window in English and describes the book as:

This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi–who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity.

In real life, the Totto-chan of the book has become one of Japan’s most popular television personalities — Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her success in life to this wonderful school and its headmaster.

The charm of this account has won the hearts of millions of people of all ages and made this book a runaway bestseller in Japan, with sales hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year.


Source: Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window Official Website

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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