The official website for the anime film of Seiko Tanabe‘s short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) announced on Aug 12 that the film will premiere on December 25, delayed from its scheduled summer opening due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The website also revealed the film’s main cast and theme song. The website began streaming a trailer that previews the theme song “Ao no Waltz” (Blue Waltz) by Eve.
Japanese actor Taishi Nakagawa (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka live-action drama) is playing the male lead Tsuneo Suzukawa. Kaya Kiyohara (Taifuu no Noruda) is starring as the protagonist Josee. The supporting cast members are as follows:
Mai Ninomiya: Yume Miyamoto (SSSS.Gridman)
Hayato Matsuura: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Orange)
Kana Kishimoto: Lynn (Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai)
Veteran actress Chiemi Matsutera (Akari no Sato live-action film) is voicing the character Chizu Yamamura.
Singer-songwriter Eve is performing the theme song “Ao no Waltz.”
- In-film Drama: Nanako Matsuda (Chameleon no Kakurenbo children book)
- Production Design: Akihiro Hirasawa (Hisone to Maso-tan art design), Fumihiro Katagai (Princess
- Principal mechanical design), Shouko Nakamura (Mawaru Penguindrum animation director)
- Layout Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto (Kekkai Sensen character design)
- Art Director: Yuuji Kaneko (Black Fox)
- Color Design: Hiroko Umezaki (Yozakura Quartet)
- Director of Photography: Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi (Bungou Stray Dogs)
- 3DCG Director: Takuma Miyake (Carole & Tuesday)
- Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto (A.I.C.O.: Incarnation)
- Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou)
- Sound Production: Sonilude
Koutarou Tamura (Noragami) is directing the film at animation studio Bones, with screenwriter Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge live-action film). Haruko Iizuka (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau) is serving as both the character designer and chief animation director.
Nao Emoto (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.) and Illustrator loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei original character design) are credited for original character design and concept design, respectively. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden) composing the music.
The story centers on the relationship between Tsuneo and Josee. Tsuneo is a university student, and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the house by herself due to her being unable to walk. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee’s grandmother taking her out for a morning walk.
Tanabe published the original story in the 1985 short story collection of the same name. The story inspired a live-action film in 2003.