Hikaru Utada Sings Live-Action Destiny – Kamakura Monogatari Film’s Theme
The official website for Destiny – Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan‘s Kamakura Monogatari manga, revealed on Monday that Hikaru Utada will perform the film’s theme song “Anata” (You). She created the song specifically for the film after reading the original manga and the film’s plot. The song’s CD single will ship on December 8.
“Anata” is Utada’s first film theme song since she contributed “Sakura Nagashi” for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo in 2012.
The singer’s website launched her “New-Turn Project” to mark her return to music in March last year. She released Fantôme, her first full album in eight years, in September 2016. It debuted at #6 on the U.S. iTunes album chart.
The Destiny – Kamakura Monogatari film will open in Japan on December 9. Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Stand By Me Doraemon) is directing the film, penning the script, and handling the visual effects.
The manga’s story centers on mystery writer Masakazu Isshiki, who lives with his wife Akiko in Kamakura, as they encounter strange incidents and creatures such as kappa and gods of poverty. Masato Sakai is playing Masakazu Isshiki, while Mitsuki Takahata is playing Akiko Isshiki. The rest of the cast includes Shinichi Tsutsumi, min Tanaka, Jun Kunimura, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tomokazu Miura, Sakura Andou, Mikako Ichikawa, Tsuyoshi Muro, Jun Kaname, Kouji Ohkura, Hiroshi Kanbe, Arata Furuta, Mayu Tsuruta, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Isao Hashizume, and Tamao Nakamura.
Saigan launched the manga in Futabasha‘s Manga Action magazine in 1984, before moving it to Futabasha‘s Manga Town magazine in 2000, where it has been running ever since. Futabasha published the manga’s 34th compiled book volume on July 28.