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    LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT Anime Film Press Notes and Image Gallery From Toho

    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha

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    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res images from the anime feature film LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT (アニメーション映画『思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ』, Animēshon Eiga Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare). This feature film sequel to STROBE EDGE (ストロボ・エッジ, Sutorobo Ejji) and BLUE SPRING RIDE (アオハライド, Aoharaido, 2014) completes the animation adaptations of Io Sakisaka's same-named girls' comic trilogy. LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT is produced by A-1 Pictures of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール-, Gekijō-ban Sōdoāto Onrain -Odinaru sukēru-, 2017) fame. Originally scheduled for May 29, 2020, the Japanese theatrical release of LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT was rescheduled to September 18 due to the pandemic. A live-action film adaptation was released by Toho on August 18.

    Theatrical poster with the original release date. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Updated poster with the final release date. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha

    STORY Yuna, a wide-eyed dreamer who is nervous about romance; Akari, who, typical of the modern generation, approaches romance realistically; Rio, who is Akari'syounger brother and is popular with girls; and Kazuomi, a "good guy" who is Yuna's childhood friend, are all classmates at the same high school. Yuna, who is in love with a handsome prince in a picture book, meets Rio, who is the spitting image of the prince, and falls in love with him. However, unbeknown to the others, Akari and Rio are actually unrelated by blood. Rio has feelings towards Akari, but Akari pretends not to notice. Kazuomihas feelings for Akari, but, conscious of Rio's feelings for her, decides not to act on them. All four are at the mercy of their various family circumstances, and have suppressed their true selves, not even thinking about their future careers and ambitions. However, when the shy and retiring Yuna decides to reveal her feelings, the tangled web of love and desire which binds them all reveals itself. All four suffer torment, angst, and depression as they tell each other how they feel, and just as they are dealing with that, they are faced with the problem of parental divorce. A moving tale of how Yuna, Akari, Rio, and Kazuomiface their romantic feelings, fall into conflict, and finally encourage each other to live strong into the future.

    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha

    CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: September 18, 2020 Run Time: 103 Minutes Cast Rio Yamamoto: Nobunaga Shimazaki Kazuomi Inoue: Soma Saito Akari Yamamoto: Megumi Han Yuna Ichihae: Marika Suzuki Akari's Father: Hideyuki Tanaka Yuna's Mother: Aya Hisakawa Yuna's Father: Kazuhiko Inoue Shun Horie Ayane Sakura Staff Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi Original Story: Love Me, Love Me Not by Io Sakisaka (published by Shueisha Bessatsu Margaret Comics) Screenplay: Erika Yoshida Producer: Junnosuke Ito Character Design: Yu Yamashita Music: Yuji Nomi Animation Production: Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners Production Studio: A-1 Pictures Distributor: Toho International Sales: Toho ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha

    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2020 Love Me, Love Me Not (Animation) Film Partners ©I.Sakisaka/Shueisha

    About Toho Company. Ltd.

    Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.

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