Japanese Title: ハル
Release Date: June 08th, 2013
Running Time: 125 mins.
Director: Ryōtarō Makihara
Writer: Izumi Kizara (Screenplay),
Starring: Yōko Hikasa, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Ah, another trailer for an anime film. Wait! This one is based on an original screenplay.
This near-future romance is called Hal and it sounds like a cross between Time of Eve and the supernatural romance Ghost. I love the former but I have not seen the latter in a long time so I cannot comment. Anyway, this mixture of soul trading and androids is full of names that are new to me as far as the staff goes but I am very familiar with the cast. Yōko Hikasa takes the lead alongside Yoshimasa Hosoya. I have heard her voice Maya in Occult Academy and Gabriella in the recent TV comedy anime Cuticle Detective Inaba. I have heard Hosoya as Subaru Hidaka in Robotics;Notes. I like the sound of her voice! One look at the trailer made me think of Natsuyuki Rendezvous.
Here is the trailer:
Kurumi (Hikasa) likes Haru (Hosoya) and the two seem happy life ends when a plane accident takes Haru from the mortal world. A robot version of Haru, Hal emerges as a substitute. As the two live together Kurumi gradually opens her memories and mind to him.
Ryōtarō Makihara makes his theatrical directorial debut. Hosoya has a lot of experience with TV anime like directing an episode of Tatami Galaxy and Monster, Summer Wars and Le Chevalier D’Eon. I like the titles I just listed but this is a different sort of title altogether but the trailer looks good. Music comes from Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Fuse: A Gungirl’s Tale, Hana Yori Dango, Le Chevalier D’Eon) and character designs come from manga artist Io Sakisaka (Strobe Edge) and Katsuhiko Kitada (Guilty Crown) is chief animation director. The anime is produced by Wit Studio who are bringing a thrillingly dark title to television screens with Attack on Titan, a title with giants chomping down on people. They also worked on the cool anime Robotics;Notes. As well as this movie there will also be a manga running in Bessatsu Margaret in the spring.