The official website of the Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) anime film revealed cast members (pictured above), additional staff, and the first trailer on Thursday. The film will open in theaters in Japan on December 25, following the delay from its Summer premiere due to the effects of COVID-19.
Japanese actor Taishi Nakagawa (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka live-action drama) is playing the male lead Tsuneo Suzukawa. Kaya Kiyohara (Taifuu no Noruda) is starring as the protagonist Josee. The supporting cast members are as follows:
Koutarou Tamura (Noragami) is directing the film at animation studio Bones, with screenwriter Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge live-action film). Haruko Iizuka (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau) is serving as both the character designer and chief animation director.
Nao Emoto (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.) and Illustrator loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei original character design) are credited for original character design and concept design, respectively. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden) composing the music.
The anime film adapts Seiko Tanabe's short story, which she penned in Monthly Kadokawa's June 1984 issue. Kadokawa published the story as a novel in April 1985 and re-released it under the Kadokawa Bunko imprint in July 1987. The late author's work was also adapted into a live-action film in 2003. Nao Emoto began a manga adaptation in Da Vinci magazine on January 6.