At a spring event in Japan back in 2018, it was revealed that the Shirobako project from P.A. Works will be getting a feature film. We knew at the time that it was an all-new work and not a compilation film but nothing else was really said. Now, the updates are coming in from the official site that the film is set for a spring 2020 Japanese debut. We’ve got an updated confirmed cast below and the core staff is on board with Tsutomu Mizushima directing working from a screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Ponkan8 is serving as the character designer with production company Infinite involved.
Check out the first visual released below as well.
The TV series had Tsutomu Mizushima on board as the director with Michiko Yokote doing the overall supervision while Ponkan8 handled the original character designs and Kanami Sekiguchi adapted them into animation form.
The cast includes Juri Kimura as Aoi Miyamori, Haruka Yoshimura as Ema Yasuhara, Haruka Chisuga as Shizuka Sakaki, Asami Takano as Misa Tōdō, Hitomi Ohwada as Midori Imai, Shūya Nishiji as Yutaka Honda, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tatsuya Ochiai, Yuri Yamaoka as Erika Yano, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Tarō Takanashi, Ai Kayano as Rinko Ogasawara, Masaya Matsukaze as Hayabusa Watanabe, and Mai Nakahara as Yuka Okitsu.
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P.A. Works was established back in 2000 by Kenji Horikawa, who has been involved in several animation studios previously. They worked on numerous shows over the years and produced their first on in 2008 with True Tears before going on to Canaan, Angel Beats, and several others.
Check out the official site and Twitter.
Plot concept: It’s official. Musashino Animation’s next production is “Third Aerial Girls’ Squad!” In a surprising turn of events, Aoi finds herself assigned as the production manager for the project, but from the very beginning, it looks like she may be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project. Of course, her old friend Ema is already aboard as one of the animators, while Midori makes an enormous contribution by taking on many of the program’s important research duties. And when Misa’s new company contracts to produce CG for the series, all but one of the members of the old animation club are working on the same production! Left out again, Shizuka auditions for a role, but, as a relatively new voice actor the odds of her being cast in a major part seem highly unlikely. That doesn’t break the bonds of their friendship, however, and there are tons of surprises ahead as TAGS’s journey to broadcast draws to the finish in the second collection of SHIROBAKO!