Kumaki sings theme of ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Anri Kumaki’s song “Hello Goodbye and Hello” was picked as the theme song for award-winning director Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming anime feature, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below.”

The much-anticipated movie, slated for a May 7 nationwide release, is the next project from the amateur-turned-pro director who won a huge following from young anime fans with his short film, “Voices of a Distant Star.”

Kumaki’s translucent voice is sure to add sparkle to Shinkai’s new anime world. The singer-songwriter won a TV audition show in 2001, which led to the release of her first single “Madoe” the next year. Her songs have been since used in many films, TV dramas and commercials.

A trailer for the film released March 12 features a sample clip of the theme song. The same day, new visuals promoting the movie were released of the three major characters.

Previously, only the protagonist, Asuna, had been seen with her face turned away from the viewer.

The new promo illustration is on the official website, movie posters and fliers, whetting appetites for the upcoming movie.

Director Shinkai created “Voices of a Distant Star” almost entirely on his own. He solidified his reputation at home and abroad with his next anime, “5 Centimeters Per Second,” which was also showcased at overseas film festivals.

“Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below” is his biggest project yet. As with his previous works, the story describes the distance that lies between human hearts.

A highlight of the movie is expected to be its beautifully illustrated landscapes, a hallmark of Shinkai’s work.

See (http://www.hoshi-o-kodomo.jp/) and (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T37GhIqsO28).

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