Sing a Bit of Harmony (or Ai no Utagoe o Kikasete in the original Japanese) will hit theaters in Japan on October 29, and be shown in American theaters early next year. Ahead of this a trailer has been released where you can hear Tao Tsuchiya sing the insert song “You Need a Friend: Anata ni wa Tomodachi ga Iru.”
The anime is being produced by Funimation and J.C. Staff. They gave this description for the setup:
“Sing a Bit of Harmony tells the story of the beautiful and mysterious Shion (Tao Tsuchiya) who transfers to Keibu High School where she quickly becomes popular for her open-hearted personality and exceptional athletic talent… but she turns out to be an AI (artificial intelligence) in the testing phase! Shion’s goal is to bring chronic loner Satomi (Haruka Fukuhara) ‘happiness.’ But her strategy is something no human would expect: she serenades Satomi in the middle of the classroom. After finding out that Shion is an AI, Satomi and her childhood friend, engineering geek Toma (Asuka Kudo), steadily warm up to the new student. Along with the popular and attractive Gotchan (Kazuyuki Okitsu), the strong-willed Aya (Mikako Komatsu), and judo club member ‘Thunder’ (Satoshi Hino), they become more and more moved by Shion’s singing voice and earnestness even as her antics bewilder them. But what Shion does for Satomi’s sake ends up involving them all in some serious pandemonium… Get ready for the heartwarming story of a not quite market-ready AI and her classmates!”
The film is being directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura of Time of Eve, and it was penned by Yoshiura and Ichiro Okouchi. The job of chief animation director goes to Shuichi Shimamura, who also did the character designs. The music is being done by both Ryō Takahashi (the composer) and Yohei Matsui (the songwriter).
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.