Written by: Adrian Andulan
Published on: September 09, 2021 at 21:30PHT (GMT+8)
The trailer of Aniplex's newest anime film has just been released, revealing the cast and theme song for the movie "Hulla Fulla Dance".
The film follows the story of Hiwa Natsunagi, a teenager just about to graduate from high school. Not knowing what to do with her life, she applies as a hula dancer at the Spa Resorts Hawaiians. also known as "Hawaii in Tohoku" and was the same place her sister used to work. While inexperience, she gets accepted and undergoes the trial and tribulations of rookie hula dancers, and the many ways she grows and makes friends.
The cast of "Hulla Fulla Dance" includes:
Haruka Fukuhara as Hiwa Natsunagi, the main character of the story
Karen Miyama as Kanna Kamakura, a senior hula dancer and hula champion
Miu Tomita as Ranko Takigawa
Kaori Maeda as Ohana Ka'aihue
Emiri Suyama as Shion Shirasawa
Yuki Yamada as Taira Kazuto
Dean Fujioka as Ryota Suzukake
The staff of the film includes Shinya Watada (known for directing "Aikatsu Stars!" and "Gundam Build Drivers"), and Seiji Mizushima ("Fullmetal Alchemist") as supervising director. Hiroko Yaguchi will provide the character designs, Kaori Hino will be providing art direction, and color design will be from Masumi Ootsuka. Cinematography will be from Youichi Oogami, editing by Kumiko Sakamoto, and audio direction by Eriko Kimura. The script will be written by Reiko Yoshida.
The theme song for the film will be performed by Philosophy no Dance.
The Spa Resorts Hawaiians, which is where the film is set, is a real life resort in Iwaki City in the Fukushima Prefecture. The film is part of a special project to increase tourism in Iwaki and Fukushima. Specifically, the film is part of the "Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10", a special commemorative project that aims to bolster the Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures after the 2011 earthquakes that devastated the areas. "Hulla Fulla Dance" is one of three unrelated projects that are part of this initiative. The other two are the film "Mayoiga of the Ridge", based on the novel "The House of the Lost on the Cape" by Sachiko Kashiwaba, and the anime series "Bakuten!!" that focuses on the stories of teenage boys in high school gymnastics set in Miyagi.
The film was initially set for a summer release in Japan, but was pushed back to December 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Anime News Network