New anime film orange -Mirai- (orange -Future-) has been green-lit according to an announcement made this Monday. The tagline for the film is “Since that day, I’ve always wanted to show those two this future…” A promotional video for the film is also live:
The band Kobukuro will provide the film’s theme song, “Mirai” (Future). The film will premiere on November 18, and will remain in theaters for two weeks. The movie will feature some of the most important scenes from the television anime, along with a new story written by original creator Ichigo Takano. orange -Mirai- will be told from the viewpoint of Kakeru and Naho’s beloved friend, Suwa.
Takano provided a comment about the movie:
I’m very happy that I’m able to see another chapter of the story in the form of a movie after feeling loneliness from the television anime series ending. The new story I wrote [for the film] is the final chapter I had originally planned for the series since I began serializing it with chapter one, but since I wanted to write it from Suwa’s viewpoint, I ended up not using it for the final chapter. This story is the future that Suwa and his friends didn’t get to see. This future that Naho and the others experience after receiving the letters is one that is also new to the 26-year old Suwa. I wrote it while listening to the theme song for the film, “Mirai.” Because I felt that the lyrics matched how Suwa watches over Kakeru and Naho so perfectly, I decided that there was no better title for the film than “Mirai.” Please watch the “future” that was made by each character holding the person they love precious. I’m looking forward to the movie!
The first key visual for the film was also unveiled. The image shows Kakeru and Naho sitting on a bench with Suwa watching over them in Agatano Park, a place that actually exists in the anime’s setting of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture:
The press release for the film notes that the new story included in the movie is one that takes place after the main story of orange, and that it has not been touched upon in the manga or any of its adaptations.
The orange television anime began airing in Japan on July 4, 2016. It can be viewed for free and with English subtitles in the US at Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is also releasing the manga digitally in English and Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing it physically in North America.
©Ichigo Takano, Futabasha/orange Production Committee