‘Toaru Hikushi e no Tsuioku’ to hit cinemas Oct. 1

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

Leading anime studio Madhouse Inc., known for constantly producing acclaimed anime titles such as “Summer Wars” and “Paprika,” will release a new feature film “Toaru Hikushi e no Tsuioku” (Reminiscence for a pilot) Oct. 1, the studio announced.

The film is based on a light novel of the same name by Koroku Inumura.

The story of the much-anticipated anime adaptation centers around Fana, a girl who is next in line to the throne of an empire, and Charles, a pilot who falls in love with her as a war between two nations continues. They develop romantic feelings toward each other against the backdrop of heart-pounding aerial dogfights.

The animated feature will open at Theatre Shinjuku in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and elsewhere.

The design for the film’s poster by Hidenori Matsubara was also revealed. The poster, which was displayed in theaters starting from July 23, shows a close-up of Fana and Charles leaning against his plane.

Leading anime creators were assembled for the production.

Up-and-coming director Jun Shishido, best known for “The Story of Saiunkoku” and “Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger” animated TV series, will take the helm of the production.

Screenwriter Satoko Okudera, who wrote the scripts for “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “Summer Wars,” as well as live-action drama “Yokame no Semi” (The Eighth Day), will provide the screenplay.

Matsubara, who also serves as character designer, is known for his part in the new “Evangelion” film series, “Oh My Goddess!” and “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo” (Cave King: Count of Monte Cristo).

Actor Ryunosuke Kamiki will play the role of Charles, while Seika Taketomi will portray Fana.

Visit (www.hikuushi-tsuioku.com/) for more information.

Copyright The Asahi Shimbun Company.