Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films announced on Tuesday that it will screen Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, in the Philippines. The company did not reveal an opening date for the film.
The film opened in Japan on October 11. The film sold 126,000 tickets and earned 166 million yen (about US$1.52 million) in its first four days to rank #4 in its opening weekend. The film eventually earned a cumulative total of 508,571,450 yen (about US$4.67 million).
The film's story is set in a town nestled in the mountains. It centers on second-year high school student and aspiring musician Aoi Aioi, her older sister Akane Aioi, Akane's ex-boyfriend and struggling guitarist Shinnosuke Kanomura, and Shinno — who is actually Shinnosuke from 13 years ago after traveling from the past to the present.
Aoi and Akane's parents passed away in an accident 13 years ago, and Akane gave up her ambition of going to Tokyo with Shinnosuke to take care of Aoi. Since then, Aoi has felt indebted to her older sister. One day, she is invited to perform at a music festival as a session musician by a famous enka singer named Dankichi. At the same time, Shinnosuke returns to Aoi and Akane's town after a long time away. Then, Shinno mysteriously appears, and Aoi falls in love for the first time.
Yaeko Ninagawa (Ghost Slayers Ayashi) also launched a manga adaptation of the film on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype web comic site on July 26.
Director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer and director Mari Okada, and artist Masayoshi Tanaka — the members of Super Peace Busters — handled the film. Nagai directed, Okada penned the script, and Tanaka drew the original character designs and served as chief animation director. CloverWorks was in charge of animation production.
Shion Wakayama, Riho Yoshioka, and Ryō Yoshizawa star in the film.
Source: Pioneer Films' Facebook page via Anime Pilipinas