This special tome shall open once more in the end of summer.
Earlier today, the official Natsume’s Book of Friends anime website updated with the first teaser trailer for the upcoming theatrical film. The reveal comes two days after the film’s main title, key visual, cast, and crew were officially revealed.
The film will be titled Gekijōban Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Utsusemi ni Musubu (Natsume’s Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World) when it hits theaters on September 29.
We break the details down below.
The minute-long trailer opens with lead character Takashi Natsume explaining the general plot behind the film. The format shifts as character dialogue drives the major plot points, as a piano-heavy melody plays in the background.
The new visual features Takashi Natsume and Nyanko-sensei standing together under an open sky. Natsume holds the book of friends to his chest.
The film will star the following:
- Takashi Natsume: Hiroshi Kamiya
- Nyanko-sensei: Kazuhiko Inoue
- Reiko Natsume: Sanae Kobayashi
- Atsushi Kitamoto: Hisayoshi Suganuma
- Chobihige: Chō
- Hiiragi: Satsuki Yukino
- Hinoe: Akemi Okamura
- Jun Sasada: Miyuki Sawashiro
- Kaname Tanuma: Kazuma Horie
- Kappa: Kyouko Chikiri
- Misuzu: Takaya Kuroda
- One-Eyed Middle Class Yōkai: Takashi Matsuyama
- Ox-Faced Middle Class Yōkai: Hiroshi Shimozaki
- Satoru Nishimura: Ryohei Kimura
- Shigeru Fujiwara: Eiji Itō
- Shūichi Natori: Akira Ishida
- Tōko Fujiwara: Miki Itou
- Tōru Taki: Rina Satou
Returning characters are seeing their roles reprised by their original actors.
Takahiro Ōmori (Baccano!, Hell Girl) will return as chief director for the project, while Hideki Ito takes the director’s chair at Shuka. Hiromitsu Hagiwara (Knights of Sidonia) is providing sub-character designs, while Sadayuki Murai (Boogiepop Phantom, Knights of Sidonia) returns to tackle series composition.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Music: Makoto Yoshimori
- Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
- Color setting: Hiromi Miyawaki
- Editing: Kazuhiko Seki
- Monster Design: Tatsuo Yamada
- Photography: Hitoshi Tamura
- Photography: Tetsuya Kawada
- Production: Aniplex
Natsume’s Book of Friends began airing in the summer 2008 season. To date, the series spans 52 episodes and a pair of side-story OVAs. The series is based on Yuki Midorikawa’s light novels, which kicked off in Hakusensha’s LaLa DX and LaLa magazines in 2005. To date, 22 volumes have been published.
The show’s sixth season aired during the Spring 2017 broadcast season. Crunchyroll streamed the show as part of their simulcast lineup, and describe it as:
Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.