In This Corner of the World, the brilliant 2016 anime film exploring Japan on a macro scale before and after the bombing of Hiroshima, has teased the addition of a new character for its upcoming extended version.
The film’s official website recently posted a sixty-second trailer introducing Teru, a courtesan who crosses paths with protagonist Suzu. She’ll be voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who’s perhaps best known as Kuroneko in Oreimo.
Although Teru appeared in the original manga, she was nowhere to be seen in the film. That’s because funds needed for the full 150-minute version couldn’t be secured, so director Sunao Katabuchi was forced to remove half an hour worth of scenes.
But now those scenes have been newly animated and added to the film ready for a 20th December release in Japan. We only hope that the extended version makes its way to home media here in the UK.
Speaking about her involvement, Hanazawa said:
“This is a film I have treasured since that experience through Suzu-san, rather than just watching it. So I couldn’t believe I was invited to participate. Reading the original manga, I joined the voice recording session while imagining the things about Teru-chan that were not told in the manga in my own way. I hope more people will see the film!”