Gyokō no Nikuko-san Anime Film’s Video Shows Cocomi Playing Flute


Cocomi also plays main character Kikuko in June 11 film

The official website for Studio 4°C‘s anime film of Kanako Nishi‘s Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video of flutist and cast member Cocomi playing the flute for a piece on the film’s soundtrack. The film’s soundtrack will ship on June 9.

The previously announced cast includes:

  • Shinobu Ōtake as protagonist Nikuko
  • Flutist and model Cocomi as Nikuko’s daughter Kikuko in her first voice acting role
  • Natsuki Hanae as Ninomiya, Kikuko’s classmate
  • Ikuji Nakamura as Sassan, the manager of the yakiniku restaurant where Nikuko works
  • Riho Yoshioka as Miu, a close friend of Nikuko’s when she was younger
  • Matsuko Deluxe as the clairvoyant Darcia, who appears in a program airing on TV at the yakiniku restaurant where Nikuko works
  • Izumi Ishii as Maria, Kikuko’s friend
  • Atsushi Yamanishi and Yuichi Yasoda in unannounced roles

The film will open on June 11.

Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea, Space Brothers) is directing the anime at Studio 4°C. Satomi Ooshima (Hataraki Man) is penning the script. Kenichi Konishi (Children of the Sea, A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd) is the character designer and chief animation director. Sanma Akashiya (Santa Claus Tsukamaeta! screenwriter and original creator) is planning and producing the film. ASMIK Ace is distributing the film.

10-year-old Kurumi Inagaki sings a GReeeeN-produced cover of “Image no Uta,” the debut single of veteran singer-songwriter Takuro Yoshida, as the film’s theme song. GReeeeN perform the film’s ending theme song “Taketen.”

Gentosha published the original novel in April 2014. The “human drama” novel centers on a mother named Nikuko and her daughter, Kikuko, who live on a boat. The novel follows their paths in life, and their growth. The novels have more than 350,000 copies in print.

Sources: Gyokō no Nikuko-chan anime film’s website, Eiga Natalie

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