The official website for Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse‘s original anime film Goodbye, Don Glees! revealed on Tuesday that it has cast Kana Hanazawa as the character Chibori “Tivoli” Urayasu, a classmate on whom protagonist Rōma has a crush. She is into photography, and she has never been in the same class as Rōma. One day, she sees Rōma carrying a single-lens reflex camera at an extracurricular class, and they start talking. However, she suddenly moves overseas before graduation due to her parent’s work.
The film’s other cast members include:
Natsuki Hanae as Rōma Kamogawa
Yuuki Kaji as Hokuto “Toto” Mitarai
Ayumu Murase as Shizuku “Drop” Sakuma
The story centers on the two boys named Rōma and Toto. The boys meet when Rōma moves from Tokyo to the countryside, which he cannot grow accustomed to. But when he meets Toto, they become a duo, naming themselves “Don Glees.” Eventually, Toto was supposed to move out to Tokyo for school, but on the summer of their first year of high school, they meet Drop, a new addition to Don Glees, who invites them to “view the world from above.” When Rōma and Toto follow Drop, they become involved in a forest fire that gets blamed on them, and go off in search of a missing drone that has evidence of their innocence. A small incident becomes an important, life-changing journey that culminates in Iceland.
Ayano Okamoto is the art director of the film, while Eiko Tsunadō and Akihiro Hirasawa are credited for art setting. Saho Yamane collaborated on the art board production. Harue Ono is the color key artist. Yūki Kawashita is the compositing director of photography. Shigenori Hirozumi and Kana Imagaki are the 3D directors. Kashiko Kimura is editing. Yoshiaki Fujisawa (No Game, No Life Zero, A Place Further Than the Universe, Revue Starlight) is composing the music. Jin Aketagawa is the audio director, while Tsutomu Ueno is handling the sound effects.
Atsuko Ishizuka (A Place Further Than the Universe, No Game, No Life Zero, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) is directing the anime and penning the script, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (A Place Further Than the Universe, Hunter × Hunter, Trigun) is designing the characters. Kadokawa is distributing the film. The film will open in Japan in 2022.
The film will be Ishizuka’s first original anime film. Ishizuka commented that the film will be set in Iceland, saying that “after reaching Antarctica” in her previous anime A Place Further Than the Universe, she opened a map and looked for the opposite extreme from Antarctica. “Far west of Eurasia lies an isolated island that marks the far reaches of the Atlantic.” She added that the story will center on a 15-year-old child on the verge of adulthood as summer vacation begins. The film’s teaser visual appears to show Guðjón Ketilsson’s sculpture of a phone box, comemmorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first international telegraph cable in Iceland.
Both Ishizuka and Yoshimatsu worked on A Place Further Than the Universe a 2018 television anime about four girls who jump on an opportunity to join an Antarctic expedition for their own complicated reasons. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.