Mizuki Tsujimura’s popular novel about struggles in the anime industry Haken Anime! is getting a live-action film in May 2022. Directed by Kohai Yoshino, the star-studded cast will include Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono in the leading roles.
The story focuses on Hitomi Saito, who has entered the anime industry and is making her directorial debut. She is competing for the title of Haken (supremacy) with the star direction she previously idolized, Chiharu Ouji. Together with a peculiar producer and a unique group of friends and colleagues, the novel shows the more difficult parts of creating a successful anime series, and how important it is to follow your dreams.
Set in the anime industry, the live-action film also includes some incredibly high-quality animation. Both ‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi,’ directed in the film by fresh anime director Hitomi Saito, and ‘Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light,’ directed by the legendary anime creator Chiharu Ouji, have been released on YouTube to huge fanfare. After plenty of speculation, the creators of these anime snippets have been unveiled!
‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi’
Directed in the film by fresh-faced anime director Hitomi Saito, Azuma Tani (Hill Climb Girl, Thermae Romae) was responsible for directing this short piece. Character designs were created by manga artist Eisaku Kumonouchi (Chocolat, Carole & Tuesday), and mecha designs were done by Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mazinger Z/INFINITY).
Special YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOH59X7ukrM
‘’Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light’
In the film, Chiharu Ouji is a legend in the anime world. His film was directed by Takashi Otsuka (Precure, One Piece Stampede). Character designs were created by Takahiro Kishida (Durarara!, Madoka Magica.) The story follows a magical girl, Mitsuri, who has the power to transform her bike which she then uses to compete in races against her rivals. The main characters get older by one pear each episode, which leads to a super interesting art style and premise.
Special YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvTjnJjv698
Original author Mizuki Tsujimura has complemented the anime included in the film and has stated that it’s the part she’s looking the most forward to seeing. In fact, she personally wrote the plots for each of the series’ 12 episodes, even those not being included in the film! Who knows? Maybe it will become an actual anime series in the future.
Releasing in May 2022
Starring Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono
Official Site: haken-anime.jp