A 90-second full trailer has been released for the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kono’s celebrated manga In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni), featuring the introduction of voice actor Non as the heroine, Suzu Hojo. Non is known elsewhere as Rena Nounen, under which name she played Aki Amano in the live-action drama series Amachan in 2013. But despite gaining popularity in Japan with this role, she was forced to take a 20-month long break from acting due to contract problems with her agency. Last month, she announced that she was changing her stage name to “Non” ahead of her first major work post-hiatus, as well as her first anime role, because she can no longer use the name “Rena Nounen”.
Non’s fellow cast have been announced as follows:
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless‘ Ota) as Shusaku, Suzu’s husband
Natsuki Inaba (Kaze no Matasaburo‘s Takada-san) as Harumi, a niece
Minori Omi as Michiko, a sister-in-law
Daisuke Ono (Black Butler‘s Sebastian Michaelis) as Akira, an elementary school classmate
Megumi Han (Little Witch Academia‘s Akko Kagari) as Sumi, Suzu’s little sister
Shigeru Ushiyama (One Piece‘s Doctor Hiluluk) as Entaro, Shusaku’s father
Mayumi Shintani (Kill la Kill‘s Nonon Jakuzure) as San, Shusaku’s mother
Nanase Iwai and Tengai Shibuya are also listed as cast members, their roles as yet unspecified.
Newly added staff include Chie Uratani of Mai Mai Miracle as assistant director beside previously announced director Sunao Katabuchi, who began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own projects, including Mai Mai Miracle. Uratani is also on screen composition, with Hidenori Matsubara of Oh My Goddess! as character designer and animation director, kotringo of Gourmet Girl Graffiti composing music, and Taro Maki as producer at GENCO. Masao Maruyama, founder and producer at animation studio MAPPA, is credited for planning. Tokyo Theatres Company is distributing the film in Japan, and the UK and Ireland’s own anime producers and distributors Animatsu Entertainment have secured global distribution rights.
In memory of the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, 71 years ago on August 6th, 1945, the film’s official website confirmed its Japanese release date earlier this month. Set to be screened at Theatre Shinjuku, Euro Space in Tokyo and more cinemas across the country, the film will premiere on November 12th, 2016.
The film tells the story of the adolescent Suzu, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage, however, underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country.