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The Anthem of the Heart at JICC

  • Japan Information and Culture Center 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Friday, June 24th - 6:30pm
JICC Auditorium
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan

From the creators of the hit series and movie, The Flower We Saw That Day!

Nominated for Best Animation at the 2016 Japan Academy Awards.

"I have feelings I can’t tell anybody hidden deep in a shell inside of my heart. But, really, I want to shout it out…my honest feelings like a beautiful anthem is waiting to break free!"

Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a "certain thing" she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. Then, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. Years later — she is nominated to become an executive member of the “community outreach council.” On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical…

Starring Inori Minase, Koki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya

Recommended for ages 13+

About the Screenwriter:

A member of the Writers Guilde of Japan and one of the most prolific and well known anime screenwriters today, Mari Okada began her career in 1996 writing scenarios for direct-to-video features, video games, and radio dramas.  In 1998 she wrote the script for one episode of DT Eightron which began her career as a writer for anime.

For her tremendous output and work in several anime series in 2011, including Fractale, Wandering Son, GOSICK, Hanasaku Iroha, and the hit series Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Mari Okada was awarded the 16th Animation Kobe Award – Individual Award.

Among other anime series and films that she has written for include Basilisk (2005), Fate/Stay Night (2006), Kodomo no Jikan (2007), Toradora! (2008), Black Butler (2008), True Tears (2008), Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (2011), Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (2012), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015), and The Anthem of the Heart (2015).  Her latest works include The Lost Village (2016) and Kiznavier (2016) which are both currently airing in Japan.

Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 120 min | 2015 | Dir. by Tatsuyuki Nagai

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7:00pm. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.