Date: 2021 August 24 16:50
Posted by Joe
The good folks from anime distributors Funimation UK have just revealed details of the co-production Sing A Bit of Harmony. The film is set for release in Japan on 29th October 2021, and will be coming soon to the UK and Ireland. The story focuses on a mysterious transfer student Shion who turns out to be an AI. Pandemonium ensues with the new classmate.
The film is written and direct by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who is also known for the enjoyable Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day and the excellent Time of EVE.
You can see the official trailer here.
Press release as follows:
FUNIMATION CO-PRODUCTION "SING A BIT OF HARMONY" REVEALS NEW ART, LATEST TRAILER, ADDITIONAL CAST AND FILM DETAILS
Film Set to Release in Japan on October 29 and Coming Soon In the United Kingdom and Ireland
London, UK (August 24, 2021) Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, revealed new details including key art, the latest trailer and additional cast for the upcoming anime film and co-production, Sing a Bit of Harmony. The film, which will be released in Japan on October 29, is coming soon to cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Funimation has also revealed additional cast members have joined the film, including Sayaka Oohara, Kenji Hamada, Kenjiro Tsuda, Kazlaser (Maple Chogoukin), Miyu Sakihi. Previously announced cast and crew include Tao Tsuchiya (ERASED) as Shion, Haruka Fukuhara (Kaguya-sama: Love is War?) as Satomi and Asuka Kudo as Toma. The cast will also include Kazuyuki Okitsu, Mikako Komatsu (Dr. STONE) and Satoshi Hino (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba).
Sing a Bit of Harmony tells the story of the beautiful and mysterious Shion (Tao Tsuchiya) who transfers to Keibu High School where she quickly becomes popular for her open-hearted personality and exceptional athletic talent... but she turns out to be an AI (artificial intelligence) in the testing phase! Shion's goal is to bring chronic loner Satomi (Haruka Fukuhara) "happiness." But her strategy is something no human would expect: she serenades Satomi in the middle of the classroom. After finding out that Shion is an AI, Satomi and her childhood friend, engineering geek Toma (Asuka Kudo), steadily warm up to the new student. Along with the popular and attractive Gotchan (Kazuyuki Okitsu), the strong-willed Aya (Mikako Komatsu), and judo club member "Thunder" (Satoshi Hino), they become more and more moved by Shion's singing voice and earnestness even as her antics bewilder them. But what Shion does for Satomi's sake ends up involving them all in some serious pandemonium... Get ready for the heartwarming story of a not quite market-ready AI and her classmates!
Sing a Bit of Harmony is written and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who took home the "Excellence Award" at the Japan Media Arts Film Festival's animation division for his work on Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day, and the "Best Anime Award" at the Tokyo International Anime Fair's OVA division for Time of EVE.
The film's crew also includes Ichirou Ohkouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Lupin the Third Part 5) as co-screenwriter, Kanna Kii (The Stranger by the Shore) as original character designer, with J.C.STAFF (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) for animation production, and Hidekazu Shimamura (Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) as animation director, Ryo Takahashi (SK8 the Infinity) for musical composer and Yohei Matsui serves as songwriter.
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