The official website for Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (I’ve Always Liked You: Confession Executive Committee) updated recently with new information for the upcoming anime film. The site revealed a new trailer/PV and now features an updated staff and cast list for the film. The key visual for the film was unveiled as well. You can check out both the key visual and the PV for the film below.
The film will be directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa who has also worked on Blade Dance of the Elementalers and High School DxD. The scripts for the film will be written by Yoshimi Narita who has worked on Beet the Vandel Buster and HappinessCharge PreCure!. Maki Fujii, who has worked on Blade Dance of the Elementalers and Pupa, is in charge of character designs and is the chief animation director. The film will be produced by Qualia Animation and distributed by Aniplex.
Additional Staff Members include:
- Background artist: Eiko Tsunadō
- Art director: Yuki Umino
- Prop design: Yutaka Miya
- Color design: Makiko Kojima
- Director of photography: Yoshihiro Sekiya
- CG: Yoshinori Tomo
- Editing: Aya Hida
- Sound director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Sound effects: Yasuyuki Konno
- Sound production: Milestone Music Publisher
- Animation producer: Keisuke Kawai
- Producer: Shunsuke Saito
The anime film will have a star studded voice cast featuring:
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Yū Setoguchi, the Film Club President
- Haruka Tomatsu as Natsuki Enomoto, an Art Club member
- Yūki Kaji as Sōta Mochizuki, the Film Club Vice-President
- Kana Asumi as Akari Hayasaka, the Art Club President
- Kenichi Suzumura as Haruki Serizawa, a Film Club member
- Aki Toyosaki as Miō Aida, the Art Club Vice-President
- Tsubasa Yonaga as Koyuki Ayase, a member of the Gardening Club
You can check out the designs of the characters below (in the order listed above from left to right):
Additional voice cast members include (not pictured):
- Momo Asakura as Hina Setoguchi
- Natsuki Hanae as Kotaro Enomoto
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Saku Akechi
- Sora Amamiya as Sena Narumi
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai is an anime film adaptation of HoneyWorks’ project, Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai ~Ren’ai Series~ (Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~) The project revolves around the love lives of teenangers and focuses on songs such as “Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū” (Confession Rehearsal), “Hatsukoi no Ehon” (The Picture Book of the First Love), and “Yakimochi no Kotae” (The Answer to Jealousy). HoneyWorks has released two albums focused on this project titled Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita. And Boku Ja Dame Desu Ka?. In addition to the anime film, three novels have been released for the project as well as two vomics.
Most of the songs in the project have been sung by GUMI and all of them have entered the Hall of Fame on Niconico. The YouTube uploads of the songs were successful as well with many of them garnering over a million views. You can listen to one of the songs from Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai ~Ren’ai Series~ below. The title of this song is “Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū” (Confession Rehearsal). Part of this song can be heard near the end of the anime film’s PV.
I’m certainly going to be looking forward to this film when it releases, I’m a sucker for romance anime and the voice cast is pretty solid. If you’re interested in the film at all check out its official website HERE and its official Twitter account HERE. The film is set to have a theatrical release in Japan on April 23, 2016.