Studio Colorido has its second original anime film now on the schedule with Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu, which has the English-language title of A Whisker Away. The film saw a June 18th, 2020 debut where it’s in its original Japanese language but offers English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese subtitles along with Japanese closed captions. They revealed that an English dub – at the least – will be forthcoming but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic delays.
The dub has now been added which was directed by Megan Buchholz for Spliced Bread Productions. The English cast includes:
- Cherami Leigh as Miyo Sasaki and Tarō
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Kento Hinode
- Erika Harlacher as Yoriko Fukase
- Griffin Burns as Masamichi Isami
- Griffin Puatu as Tomoya Sakaguchi
- Keith Silverstein as Cat Storekeeper
- Laura Post as Kaoru Mizutani
- Reba Buhr as Miki Saitō
- Robert Buchholz as Mr. Kusonoki
- Todd Haberkorn as Yōji Sasaki
It’s directed by Junichi Sato and Tomotaka Shibayama based on the screenplay by Mari Okada.
The Japanese cast includes Mirai Shidaas Miyo and Tarō, Natsuki Hanae as Kento, Kōichi Yamadera as Cat Storekeeper, Hiroaki Ogi as Homeroom Teacher Kusugi-sensei, Minako Kotobuki as Yoriko Fukase, Kensho Ono as Masamichi Isami, Susumu Chiba as Yōji Sasaki, Ayako Kawasumi as Kaoru Mizutani, Sayaka Ohara as Miki Saitō, and Daisuke Namikawa as Tomoya Sakaguchi.
Plot Concept: The film is finding one’s true self is set in Tokoname, Aichi and centers on Miyo “Muge” Sasaki. She is a peculiar second-year junior high student who has fallen in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Muge resolutely pursues Kento every day, but he takes no notice of her. Nevertheless, while carrying a secret she can tell no one, Muge continues to pursue Kento. Muge discovers a magic mask that allows her to transform into a cat named Tarō. The magic lets Muge get close to Kento, but eventually, it may also make her unable to transform back to a human.