More cast members for the upcoming anime movie Yaneura no Rudger (translated as Rudger in the Attic) have been revealed! According to Studio Ponoc, Teiya Ichiryūsai plays Honneko Garigari, Mitsuaki Kanuka plays Koyuki, Ikue Ōtani plays Doron, Kokoro Hirasawa plays Julia, and Eito Kawahara plays John.
It had previously been revealed that Kokoro Terada plays Rudger, Rio Suzuki plays Amanda, Sakura Andō plays Lizzie, Riisa Naka plays Emily, Takayuki Yamada plays Jinzan, Atsuko Takahata plays Downbeat Grandma, Issey Ogata plays Mr. Bunting, Akira Terao plays Old Dog, and Hana Sugisaki plays Aurora.
Studio Ponoc has also teased that it will reveal the cast members for the English dub soon.
The movie’s theme song is titled “Nothing’s Impossible” and performed by A Great Big World featuring Rachel Platten.
The movie is set to hit Japanese theaters on December 15. Yoshiyuki Momose of Ni no Kuni is helming the project as director. It’s being produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, who, along with working on Studio Ponoc’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower and Modest Heroes, has produced multiple Studio Ghibli movies.
While anime movies and shows are often based on Japanese properties, Yaneura no Rudger is adapted from the novel The Imaginary written by A.F. Harrold, which was illustrated by Emily Gravett. It was published in 2001 by Bloomsbury Publishing, which gave this description for the plot:
Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup’s imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger–until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he’s found Rudger.
Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him–and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world.
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