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"The anthem of the heart" nominated at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival Featured

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:39

Upon a nomination at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Viz Media Europe, European leader in managing rights for Japanese animated series, is pleased to announce the acquisition of distribution rights (cinema, TV, DVD, Blu-Ray, VoD) for the animated movie The anthem of the heart in France as well as French-speaking Europe and Africa.

This beautiful yet melodramatic fable tells the story of Jun whose life, after losing her voice, will be shaken when she meets the high-school music club. Kaze will release The anthem of the heart in DVD and Blu-ray in France for the end of 2016. Viz Media Europe will present this film for its nomination in the official selection (out of competition) of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival starting on June 13.

Behind this new animated movie released in Japan in September 2015 is the A-1 Pictures studio (Blue Exorcist, Black Butler and Fairy Tail movies). In Japan, The anthem of the heart was a great box office success with a revenue exceeding €8M.


Jun Naruse is a girl who carries the guilt of breaking up her family with the words she carelessly uttered when she was young. A mysterious “Egg Fairy” appeared in front of her and casted a curse so that she can never hurt anybody with her words. One day, a teacher appoints Jun and three other students as members of the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Committee. As it turns out, the group is a rather unexpected mix of students; they all suffer from emotional trauma...

Biographie de Tatsuyuki Nagai, réalisateur

Tatsuyuki Nagai was born in 1976 in the Niigata prefecture. After directing the animated series Honey and Clover in 2006, he gains recognition for the first time in 2011 with the Anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day series that is awarded as as the Best Media Arts at the 62th new face award for fine Arts in Japan. A animated movie is then made after it, a great box office success with a revenue exceeding one billion yen. The anthem of the heart is Tatsuyuki Nagai’s second movie as a director.



Original title: Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda 

Duration: 120 minutes


Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Producers: Hiroyuki Shimizu, Shunsuke Saito
Art Director: Takashi Nakamura
Scenario : Mari Okada
Character Design : Masayoshi Tanaka
Animation Producer: Narumi Kabe
Director of Photography/CG: Hiroyuki Moriyama
Music: Mito (Clammbon)
Sound: Jin Aketagawa
Editing: Shigery Nishiyama
Production: A-1 Pictures
Distribution: Aniplex, VIZ Media Europe