ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio will be presenting Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 in theaters across the U.S. on December 7. The sequel follows the June release of the first Haikara-San flick, and will be presented with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Both films are inspired by Waki Yamato’s manga serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shoujo Friend magazine, which has maintained its popularity and been adapted into multiple media including an animated TV series and live-action movie.
Synopsis: In turn of the 20th century Japan, a period characterized by widespread innovation and social restructuring, Benio Hanamura endeavors to take modernization to new heights. With a tomboy nature, Benio rails against traditional ideas that women should take care of the home — serving their husbands rather than pursuing their own dreams. Her values as a modern woman come under fire as the one man who supports her independence, Lieutenant Shinobu Ijuin, goes missing in action. Resurfacing back in Japan, Shinobu has lost all memory of his true identity. In this stunning sequel, will Benio be able to reconnect with Shinobu before she is married off to a new man?
Part 2 is helmed by up-and-coming director Seimei Kidokoro (assistant director, Fireworks), and features a cast of popular voice actors including Saori Hayami as Benio, Mamoru Miyano as the Lieutenant, and Takahiro Sakurai as Tosei Aoe. The film’s theme song is performed by the lead actress Hayami, and is written and composed by returning main theme composer Mariya Takeuchi.