Sing a Bit of Harmony in Cinema

Sing a Bit of Harmony was announced by Funimation, as a co-production with J.C.Staff, on September 10, 2020. The film is directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. Yoshiura and Ichirō Ōkouchi co-wrote the script, Kanna Kii drew the original character designs, Shuichi Shimamura designed the characters for animation and is also the chief animation director and Hidekazu Shimamura served as animation director. Ryō Takahashi composed the music and Yohei Matsui wrote the songs. On April 6, 2021, Funimation posted a trailer for the film

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!

Sing a Bit of Harmony has been nominated many awards, including:

  • Scotland Loves Animation 2021 – WINNER: Audience Award
  • New York City Film & Television Festival 2021 – WINNER: Best Animation Film
  • New York Animation Film Awards 2021 – FINALIST: Best Animation Feature Film
  • New Zealand International Film Festival 2021 – OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Dallas International Film Festival 2021 – OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Leeds Internation Film Festival 2021 – OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sing a Bit of Harmony premiered in Japan on October 29, 2021. The film had its international premiere on October 2, 2021, at the Scotland Loves Animation film festival, held at the Glasgow Film Theatre. It was released in US in Jan 23 and willll be in Australia on Jan. 27

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