SANTA MONICA, CA (September 19, 2018) – Aniplex of America will be premiering the anime film, I want to eat your pancreas, at the ANIMATION IS FILM (AIF) festival in Los Angeles, California on October 21st. The second annual animation festival is a collaboration between the Annency International Animation Film Festival, GKIDS, and Variety, and will feature the film in what the festival describes as a “highly selective, annual showcase of the best new works of animation from around the world.” The heartwarming film, based on Yoru Sumino’s award winning novel, premiered in Japan earlier this month and opened at #10 in the box office, with over 100 million yen grossed in its first two days in theaters. Soon after the film premiered, Japan’s largest cinema community site, Pia Eiga Seikatsu, gave the film a 92.6% approval rating, ranking it at number one in their opening day movie satisfaction charts. The film is produced by Studio VOLN (Ushio & Tora), with Shinichiro Ushijima (One Punch Man, All Out!!) making his directorial debut. The unnamed male lead, “me,” is voiced by popular actor and 72nd Mainichi Film Awards Best New Actor winner, Mahiro Takasugi; voice actress Lynn (High School Fleet, A Place Further Than the Universe) lends her talents to the female lead, Sakura. Tickets are now on sale at

In a recent review of the film, Anime News Network writes that “this film will definitely get you if you’re a sucker for tearjerkers…there is some amazing crying animation in this film, and the voice acting in those parts is just sublime. Even watching those scenes out of context would probably give me a visceral reaction. It’s especially impressive that this film made me feel things when this is my third time experiencing the story. For that alone, I want to eat your pancreas is worth recommending.”

About I want to eat your pancreas:

With no interest in others, a high schooler spends all of his time reading books – this is “me.”
One day, “me” comes across a book, titled Living With Dying.

It turns out to be a secret journal kept by Sakura Yamauchi, who is a popular girl in class with a genuine personality. Diagnosed with a pancreatic illness, the diary notes about her limited time left. Sakura, who lives with a secret illness, and “me,” who keeps her secret.

— Their relationship doesn’t have a name yet.


Original Story: Yoru Sumino “I want to eat your pancreas” (Futabasha)
Original Illustration: loundraw
Director / Screenplay: Shinichiro Ushijima
Character Design / Chief Animation Director: Yuichi Oka
Art Director: Yukako Ogawa
Sub Art Director: Yoshito Watanabe
Color Setting: Yoshinori Horikawa
Photography Supervisor: Hiroshi Saito
Director of Photography: Mayuko Koike
3D CG Director: Koremi Kishi
Editor: Yumi Jinguji
Sound Director: Shoji Hata
Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
Music: Hiroko Sebu
Animation Producer: Keiji Mita
Animation Production: Studio VOLN
Produced by: Your Pancreas Anime Film Partners


Me: Mahiro Takasugi
Sakura Yamauchi: Lynn
Kyoko: Yukiyo Fujii
Takahiro: Yuma Uchida
Gum Boy: Jun Fukushima
My Mother: Atsuko Tanaka
My Father: Shin-ichiro Miki
Sakura’s Mother: Emi Wakui

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About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2, Magi series, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes: March comes in like a lion, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation, Eromanga Sensei, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, BLEND-S, Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower, Slow Start, Record of Grancrest War, Today’s MENU for EMIYA Family, PERSONA5 the Animation, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Cells at Work!, and Sword Art Online Alicization. In June 2017, the company launched the English version of the popular mobile game, Fate/Grand Order, which has exceeded three million downloads.

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