The Aniplex Online Fest 2023 livestream event on Sunday revealed a new video for The Concierge, the anime film of Tsuchika Nishimura‘s The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store (Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san) manga, that previews the film’s theme song “Gift” from singer-songwriter Myuk.
The film will open in Japan on October 20.
The previously announced cast includes:
Natsumi Kawaida as Akino, the protagonist
Takeo Ōtsuka as Elulu, a penguin who always wanders around the store
Nobuo Tobita as Tōdō, the ever-present floor manager
Megumi Han as Mori, a senior concierge
Natsumi Fujiwara as Iwase, a senior concierge
Eiji Yoshitomi as Maruki, a veteran concierge
Jun Fukuyama as the Maître d’ of the store’s restaurant
Yūichi Nakamura as Tokiwa, a salesman who looks sternly at Akino
Kenjiro Tsuda as Wally
Danshun Tatekawa as Laughing Owl (Husband)
Sumi Shimamoto as Laughing Owl (Wife)
Minako Kotobuki as Sea Mink (Daughter)
Hiroshi Yanaka as Sea Mink (Father)
Hiroki Nanami as Male Peacock
Marika Kano as Female Peacock
Miyu Irino as Japanese Wolf
Kana Hanazawa as Female Japanese Wolf
Ayumu Murase as Barbary Lion
Emiri Suyama as Female Barbary Lion
Kyoko Hikami as Caribbean Monk Seal
Risa Shimizu as Paradise Parrot
Sumire Morohoshi as Cat
Yoshimi Itazu (“Pigtails,” Welcome to the Ballroom, key animation on Popin Q) is making his directorial debut on a feature anime film, with Satomi Ooshima (Hataraki Man, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Raven of the Inner Palace) penning the script and Aniplex distributing. Electronic music producer tofubeats is composing the film’s music. Chiyo Morita (Run with the Wind episode animation director) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Production I.G is producing the film.
The manga centers on a new concierge at a mysterious department store where all the customers are animals. As a concierge, she tries to read her peculiar customers and try to make appropriate recommendations to them.
Nishimura launched the manga in Shogakukan‘s Big Comic Zōkan magazine in November 2016, and ended it in 2020 with two volumes. The manga won the Excellence Award for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs’ 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2022.