Studio Ghibli’s Live-Action Whisper of the Heart Sequel Releases Trailer

The Whisper of the Heart live-action sequel trailer gives Studio Ghibli fans a glimpse of childhood sweethearts Shizuku and Seiji as adults.

Studio Ghibli Whisper of the heart gets a live-action sequel, and the trailer reveals that the story will explore whether the childhood love between Shizuku Tsukishima and Seiji Amasawa persists into adulthood.

According to on-screen text included in the trailer, the sequel takes place “10 years since the day [Shizuku and Seiji] made this promise to each other” and went their separate ways to pursue their unique passions. Featured footage shows the two staying in touch during their many years apart via handwritten letters. Nana Seino (live adaptation of Tokyo Tribe) and Tori Matsuzaka (live-action adaptation of The promised never-never land) play Shizuku and Seiji respectively.

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Written by Hayao Miyazaki, directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and based on the manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi, Studio Ghibli Whisper of the heart created in 1995. It tells the story of two 14-year-olds who fall in love and help each other to develop and explore their respective passions. When following these passions means living at the antipodes for several years, they promise to get married one day. The film grossed over $34 million at the worldwide box office and inspired a spin-off film, The cat returns which debuted in 2002. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the live-action sequel in January 2020.

Particularly, Whisper of the heart isn’t one of the films featured at this year’s Studio Ghibli Fest, which kicked off earlier this month. However, The cat returns is included in the range alongside Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Only Yesterday and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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Studio Ghibli fans have plenty to cheer about besides Whisper of the heart’the sequel to the live action. Not only will the Ghibli-inspired theme park be opening soon, but there have been several announcements about new merchandise. This includes a set of Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle rings that function as both jewelry and mini figures. The rings feature six versions of the fan-favorite character Calcifer and sell for either 1,100 yen individually or 6,600 yen as a collection.

Moreover, the first English version of Shuna’s Journey is scheduled for November 1. An original watercolor illustrated graphic novel by Miyazaki, Shuna’s Journey follows the titular prince on his journey to save his people from a deadly famine.

Many classic Studio Ghibli films, including Whisper of the heart and The cat returns, are available to stream on HBO Max. The live-action film is set to premiere in Japan on October 14.

Source: YouTube, via SoraNews24

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