Shinei Animation’s official Twitter account released a new promotional video on Tuesday for the anime film adaptation of Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s autobiographical memoir Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (Madoigwa no Totto-chan). The trailer shows the friendship between Totto-chan and a boy. It also plays a longer version of the film’s theme song “Ano ne” (You Know What?) by Aimyon.
Watch it here:
The memoir follows Totto-chan’s experiences of attending Tomoe Gakuen, a school that accepted her after her previous elementary school rejected her. There, she encounters various students and learns new things. Meanwhile, Japan faces the war. Liliana Ohno, a seven-year-old actress, stars as Totto-chan in the film. The other cast members are:
- Kōji Yakusho as Sōsaku Kobayashi, the principal of Tomoe Gakuen
- Shun Oguri as Moritsuna Kuroyanagi, Totto-chan’s father
- Anne (Anne Watanabe) as Cho Kuroyanagi, Totto-chan’s mother
- Karen Takizawa as Miss Oishi, Totto-chan’s teacher
Shinnosuke Yakuwa (Doraemon movies) directs the film at Shinei Animation. He also co-writes the script with Yōsuke Suzuki (Pazudora). Shizue Kaneko (Monster Strike The Movie, Adachi and Shimamura, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord) designs the characters.
The film will premiere in Japan on December 8.
The book was published in Japan in 1981, and became a bestseller in the next year. It was a mandatory reading for Japanese elementary school students in the 1980s. It was also translated into many languages around the world.