The upcoming movie Natsume Yuujin-chou: Utsusemi ni Musubu (lit. Natsume’s Book of Friends the Movie), which is slated to open in Japan on 29 September 2018, has announced its guest cast and theme song artist.
The three new cast members are Kengo Kora as Mukuo Tsumura, Sumi Shimamoto as Yorie Tsumura, and Ayumu Murase as Daisuke Yuki. It was further announced that Uru is in charge of the movie’s theme song titled ‘remember’. Uru is a singer who started as a YouTuber covering various Japanese pop songs in 2013. She released her first single ‘Hoshi no Naka no Kimi’ in June 2016 and made her major debut at Sony Music. She is known for her song ‘Freesia’, the ending theme of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Check out the new character designs, their descriptions and the new trailer below.
Mukuo Tsumura (VA: Kengo Kora)
He is Yorie’s only son. He is a friendly young man who loves his mother. Mukuo meets Natsume by chance and has got some careless traits.
Yorie Tsumura (VA: Sumi Shimamoto)
She is a paper-cutting artist and an acquaintance of Reiko. After she meets Natsume her son Mukuo also starts to interact with him.
Daisuke Yuki (VA: Ayumu Murase)
Daisuke is an elementary school classmate of Natsume. As Daisuke has been saying some strange things, he is being ignored by his surrounding people.
Natsume Yuujin-chou: Utsusemi ni Musubu
To open on 29 September 2018.
Takashi Natsume started to see youkai, which other people were not able to, in his childhood. He has inherited a special notebook titled ‘Book of Friends’ from his late grandmother, Reiko, that contains names of countless youkai, who have been defeated by her. Takashi is from then on pursuing the mission of returning the names to their original owners with the help of his self-proclaimed bodyguard, Nyanko-sensei. After spending busy days with people and youkai, Natsume meets his old classmate Yuki and remembers the bitterness related to them. In his past, he got to know Yorie Tsumura, who was part of a youkai’s memories whose name he returned. The woman who knew about Reiko had blissfully been living together with her son, Mukuo. Natsume felt relaxed to meet Yorie and her son. However, it seemed that mysterious youkai were lurking inside the town where the two have lived. After returning from his investigation the ‘Youkai no Tane’ (lit. Demon Seed) which got on Nyanko-sensei’s body, has grown to a tree inside the Fujiwara family’s garden overnight and bore fruits. Nyanko-sensei ate some of the fruits and split into three little Nyanko-sensei.
Original Work: Yuki Midorikawa Natsume’s Book of Friends (serialized in Hakusensha’s Monthly LaLa)
Director: Hideki Ito
Chief Director: Takahiro Omori
Series Composition: Sadayuki Murai
Youkai Design/ Action Director: Tatsuo Yamada
Music: Makoto Yoshimori
Sub Character Design: Hiromitsu Hagiwara
Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
Color Setting: Hiromi Miyawaki
Editing: Toshihiko Seki
Director of Photography: Hitoshi Tamura, Tetsuya Kawada
Animation Production: Shuka
Production: Natsume’s Book of Friends Project
Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume
Kazuhiko Inoue as Nyanko-sensei
Sanae Kobayashi as Reiko Natsume
Miki Ito as Toko Fujiwara
Eiji Ito as Shigeru Fujiwara
Akira Ishida as Shuichi Natori
Kazuma Horie as Kaname Tanuma
Rina Sato as Toru Taki
Ryohei Kimura as Satoru Nishimura
Hisayoshi Suganuma as Atsushi Kitamoto
Miyuki Sawashiro as Jun Sasada
Satsuki Yukino as Hiiragi
Akemi Okamura as Hinoe
Takaya Kuroda as Mitsuzu
Cho as Chobihige
Takashi Matsuyama as One-eyed Middle Class Youkai
Hiroshi Shimozaki as Ox-faced Middle Class Youkai
Kyoko Chikiri as Kappa
Kengo Kora as Mukuo Tsumura
Sumi Shimamoto as Yorie Tsumura
Ayumu Murase as Daisuke Yuki