Shirobako still - the main cast members sit together around a computer.

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fhana Performs Shirobako Movie’s Theme Song

Shirobako Movie VisualEarlier today, the official website for Shirobako The Movie (Gekijō-ban Shirobako) updated with details on the film’s theme songs. fhana will perform the movie’s main theme, Hoshi o Atsumete (Collecting Stars).

The film will open on February 29, 2020.

Tsutomu Mizushima (Shirobako, Girls und Panzer) will return to direct the project at P.A. Works, while Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Shirobako) writes the screenplay. Kanami Sekiguchi (Sakura Quest, Charlotte) will provide character designs for the project.

Ponkan8 is drafting the original character designs, while Infinite produces. Other staffers include:

  • Art Directors: Tsukasa Kakizakai
  • Art Director: Yūsuke Takeda
  • Director of Photography: Yukiyo Kajiwara
  • Color Design: Katsue Inoue
  • 3D Director: Motonari Ichikawa
  • Special Effects: Chie Katō
  • Editing: Ayumu Takahashi
  • Music: Shiroh Hamaguchi
  • Music Production: Imagine

Shirobako Movie Teaser VisualThe confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Aoi Miyamori: Juri Kimura
  • Ema Yasuhara: Haruka Yoshimura
  • Shizuka Sakaki: Haruka Chisuga
  • Misa Tōdō: Asami Takano
  • Midori Imai: Hitomi Ohwada
  • Yutaka Honda: Shūya Nishiji
  • Tatsuya Ochiai: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
  • Erika Yano: Yuri Yamaoka
  • Tarō Takanashi: Hiroyuki Yoshino
  • Rinko Ogasawara: Ai Kayano
  • Hayabusa Watanabe: Masaya Matsukaze
  • Yuka Okitsu: Mai Nakahara

All confirmed cast members are reprising their roles from the TV series.

Shirobako is an original project from studio P.A. Works, which first aired in the Fall 2014 broadcast season. Tsutomu Mizushima (Genshiken, Prison School) directed the show at P.A. Works, with Noriko Morishima (Cat Planet Cuties, Super Seisyun Brothers) providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, ReLIFE) was in charge of series composition for the title.

Gekijoban Shirobako Movie VisualIn January, the title saw new animation produced for a commercial for DoCoMo’s d Anime Store. The TV spot is the first new material produced for Shirobako since the show signed off in 2015.

Sentai Filmworks currently holds the domestic rights to the Shirobako anime. They describe the series as:

After making an animated film together in high school, Aoi and her friends Shizuka, Ema, Misa, and Midori made a promise to each other: to all get jobs in the anime industry and someday work together again.

Two years later, Aoi is learning that working as a production assistant at a small animation studio is far more demanding than she ever imagined, and Shizuka’s aspiring career as a voice actor involves more time waiting tables than recording.

Meanwhile, Ema’s slowly making a name for herself as a key animator, Misa’s moved from 2D to 3D and now works in computer graphics, and screenwriting hopeful Midori is lagging furthest behind, still looking for her first big break. But are they ready to give up on their dreams just yet? No way! Because while anime may come from inspiration, in the end it’s the ones who’re willing to put in the perspiration that make their dreams real in Shirobako!

Source: Comic Natalie

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