Kenji Kamiyama’s Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari) will be released on Saturday 18 March 2017. The new PV is full of new images from the movie and includes the theme song, Day Dream Believer!
Ancien and the Magic Tablet is the first original anime by Kenji Kamiyama, who is known for his work on Eden of the East, Moribito, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The anime tells the story of a high school girl, Kokone Morikawa, who lives in a city called Kurashiki in Okayama prefecture. Her greatest talent is sleeping, especially if it’s during the day. In 2020, three days before the Olympics, she is entangled in a series of strange events that are connected to her dreams and which lead her on a strange adventure. Director Kamiyama uses sci-fi elements such as A.I., networks, and his own hopes for the future. All these elements are part of his trademark themes.
The PV starts with a self-introduction by Kokone and alternates between her dream world and the real world. The song playing in the background is the theme of the movie, Day Dream Believer, a re-make of the 1967 song by the American band The Monkees. A Japanese-language version of the song was once covered in 1989 by the Japanese band The Timers. The song was arranged by Yoko Shimomura and is sang by Kokone (VA: Mitsuki Takahata).
‘It’s a song that flows with the ending and becomes a part of the story,’ says Director Kamiyama. This song is about ‘dreams’ and ‘people that are gone’, which are also topics that the heroine thinks about a lot. That’s why it is sung by the protagonist, Kokone. The lyrics of the song are supposed to give a big hint to the story of the movie!
Anime Movie ‘Ancien and the Magic Tablet’ (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari)