Those awkward days of youth… they really take me back. The pressure, the self-discovery, the quiet moments of despair. It’s a tough time, when we all just want to scream out our frustrations.

Earlier today, Toei Animation started streaming a new teaser trailer for upcoming film Popin Q. The three-and-a-half minute promo introduces the film’s cast and concept, while offering some insight into the film’s greater world.

Popin Q will open in Japanese theaters this winter.

Popin Q Visual 001 - 20160125Popin Q is an original project, which is being produced to celebrate Toei’s 60th anniversary. Naoki Miyahara (PreCure All Stars DX 3D Theater) is directing the project, while Takayuki Uragami fills the roles of character designer and chief animation director. Kouhaku Kuroboshi (Kino’s Journey) provided the original character designs.

The confirmed voice cast includes:


  • Aoi Hioka: Shiori Izawa
  • Asahi Ōmichi: Ari Ozawa
  • Saki Tsukui: Tomoyo Kurosawa
  • Isumi Kominato: Asami Seto
  • Konatsu Tomodate: Atsumi Tanezaki


  • Pokon: Marina Tanoue
  • Lucia: Kaori Ishihara
  • Daren: Kaede Hondo
  • Tadona: M.A.O
  • Lupee: Satomi Arai

Popin Q is set in a world much like ours. It’s the day before graduation, and five middle school girls are busy with the drudgery of everyday life. Suddenly, something truly miraculous happens! These five special ladies are pulled into a fantasy world, where they’re told of an impending crisis. It’s up to these special girls to bring the world together and ward off calamity by uniting their hearts in dance. Sadly, these young ladies are unable to find their love of this world, and they can’t open up to one another. The clock is ticking, and the world (not to mention graduation!) rests upon their shoulders.

Several character designs were released to promote the film, which we’ve provided below:

Toei began promoting Popin Q last April, under the working title file(N): project PQ. A pair of promo videos and a visual were released to promote the project under the working title, which you can check out below:

Promo Videos

Key Visuals

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