One week after its theatrical release in Japan, Toei Movie’s official YouTube channel started streaming the first 11 minutes of the anime film adaptation of Kana Ozawa’s Blue Thermal manga. It tells a coming-of-age story set in the aviation club in Aonagi University, which competes for speed in a glider, an aircraft that flies by capturing rising air currents (thermals) without an engine.
This opening footage shows from the first encounter between the protagonist Tamaki Tsuru (CV: Mayu Hotta) and Jun Kuramochi (Nobunaga Shimazaki), the captain of the aviation club, and Daisuke Sorachi (Junya Enoki), to how she decides to join the club.
The 103-minute film directed by Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Princess Principal) was released in 139 theaters across Japan on March 4 and ranked fifth in Filmarks’ first day satisfaction ranking with an average rating of 3.64/5.0 based on 161 reviews. It didn’t appear in the overall weekend box office ranking top 10 in its opening weekend, and no word on how much it film has made so far.
Main poster visual:
Main Voice Cast:
- Tamaki Tsuru: Mayu Hotta
- Jun Kuramochi: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Daisuke Enoki: Junya Enoki
- Yano Chizuru: Mikako Komatsu
- Yo Asahina: Daisuke Ono
- Yukari Muroi: Haruka Shiraishi
- Ayako Maki: Yo Daichi
- Eita Narihara: Ayumu Murase
- Ryohei Nanba: Makoto Furukawa
- Kaoru Mochida: Rie Takahashi
- Harukaze Aihara: Taku Yashiro
- Kaede Hatori: Kengo Kawanishi
- Aonagi University Aviation Club Head Coach: Minori Terada
Insert song “Beautiful Bird” short MV:
Source: Toei Movie official YouTube channel
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