Crunchyroll Acquires North American Rights for The Concierge

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©2023 Tsuchika Nishimura/Shogakukan/ "The Concierge" Film Partners

Crunchyroll has announced that it has acquired the North American rights for the new anime film The Concierge. The film is set to be released by Aniplex in Japan on October 20, 2023 and is expected to come to Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment in select territories in 2024.

An English subtitled trailer for the anime film was also released by Crunchyroll. 

The Concierge made its world premiere this past June at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film will screen in competition at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3 PM PST. 

Yoshimi Itazu (Welcome to the Ballroom) is serving as the director for his first feature film, with Satomi Ooshima (Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Raven of the Inner Palace series screenwriter) as scriptwriter, and Chie Morita (Run With The Wind  Ep 17, 21, and 23 co-animation director) as character designer and chief animation director. 

Other staff members include Izumi Hirose (Tengoku Daimakyou color designer) as concept color designer, Studio Fuuga’s Ichirou Tatsuta (Haikyu!!) as art director, Kouji Tanaka (The Deer King) as compositing director, and tofubeats as music composer. Production I.G is handling the animation production for the film. 

Meanwhile, the voice cast includes Natsumi Kawaida as Akino, 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, and Yuuichi Nakamura as Tokiwa. 

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©2023 Tsuchika Nishimura/Shogakukan/ “The Concierge” Film Partners

The anime film is based on The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store manga by Tsuchika Nishimura, which was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine from February 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018. A total of two tankoubon volumes were released and the manga received the Japan Media Arts Festival’s 25th Manga Division Excellence Award in 2022. 

Crunchyroll describes the official synopsis of the film as: 

Akino is a trainee concierge at the Hokkyoku Department Store, an unusual department store that caters exclusively to animals. Under the watchful eyes of the floor manager and senior concierges, Akino runs around to fulfill the wishes of customers with a myriad of needs and problems in her pursuit to become a full-fledged concierge.

Source: press release

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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