Aniplex of America to Begin Streaming I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU Anime Film This October
HoneyWorks’ Romantic Musical Film will be Available on Crunchyroll
Source: Aniplex of America press release
Official Site: honeyworks-movie.jp (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/honeyworks (US)
Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki
Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Yaoi Con (San Francisco, CA) that they will begin streaming the animated film, I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU (ずっと前から好きでした。～告白実行委員会～, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkoo Iinkai) through Crunchyroll starting October 4, 2016 at 10AM (PDT). Aniplex of America also unveiled the English subtitled trailer of I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU which listed the main staff and cast for the project. They have also confirmed that the official premiere date and time will be announced at a later date.
I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU is an animated adaptation of creator unit HoneyWorks’ music series called “Confess Your Love Committee – Romance Series-” which includes hit songs from their 2014 debut album, “I’ve Always Liked You.” This album was received very well by fans across Japan and charted at #4 their first week on the Oricon Weekly Ranking. HoneyWorks, comprised of three main members Gom (Composer), shito (Composer), and Yamako (Illustrator), and several other supporting members, is an online music creator unit utilizing the popular Vocaloid voice synthesizer software to create positive rock songs they categorize as “kyun kyun kei” (lit. heart-throbbing type) or “seishun kei” (lit. youthful type). Their songs, usually accompanied by a music video, have received over 100 million views across sites such as Youtube and NicoNico.
The film, which was released in Japanese theaters this past April, centers on high school students Natsuki Enomoto (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu) and her childhood friend Yu Setoguchi (voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya). Natsuki hopes to confess her love to Yu but is unable to admit to her true feelings, and ends up telling Yu that she is simply practicing how to confess her love to somebody else. While Natsuki hides her true feelings for Yu, she is asked by her classmate Koyuki Ayase for a date. The story features the sweet but sometimes bitter trials and tribulations surrounding young romance.
I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU will be featuring an all-star Japanese voice cast including Haruka Tomatsu playing Natsuki Enomoto, Hiroshi Kamiya voicing Yu Setoguchi, Yuki Kaji voicing Sota Mochizuki, Kana Asumi voicing Akari Hayasaka, Kenichi Suzumura voicing Haruki Serizawa, and Aki Toyosaki voicing Miou Aida.
The official U.S. website for I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU will be launched at a later date. Details will be released soon.
Original Works/ Music: HoneyWorks
Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Screenplay: Yoshimi Narita
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Maki Fujii (KUSANAGI)
Art Setting: Eiko Tsunado (KUSANAGI)
Art Director: Yuki Umino
Prop Design: Yutaka Miya
Color Design: Makiko Kojima
Director of Photography: Yoshihiro Sekiya
CG: Yoshinori Ban
Edit: Aya Hida
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Sound Effects: Yasuyuki Konno
Sound Production: Milestone Music Publishing
Animation Producer: Keisuke Kawai
Producer: Shunsuke Saito
Production: Qualia Animation
Produced By: “Confess Your Love Committee” Production Committee
Yu Setoguchi: Hiroshi Kamiya
Natsuki Enomoto: Haruka Tomatsu
Sota Mochizuki: Yuki Kaji
Akari Hayasaka: Kana Asumi
Haruki Serizawa: Kenichi Suzumura
Miou Aida: Aki Toyosaki
Koyuki Ayase: Tsubasa Yonaga
Hina Setoguchi: Momo Asakura
Kotaro Enomoto: Natsuki Hanae
Saku Akechi: Hikaru Midorikawa
Sena Narumi: Sora Amamiya
About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is a leading provider of anime content, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the SWORD ART ONLINE series, YOUR LIE IN APRIL, KILL LA KILL, BAKEMONOGATARI, FATE/ZERO, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, BLUE EXORCIST, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC, EXPELLED FROM PARADISE, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] and DURARARA!!×2. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as ERASED, THE ASTERISK WAR, OWARIMONOGATARI, CHARLOTTE, CLASSROOM CRISIS, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI (High School Fleet).