It's been announced that Sing a Bit of Harmony, the upcoming musical anime that's being co-produced by Funimation, will hit theaters within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand in early 2022.
The film is written and directed at studio J.C.STAFF by Yasuhiro Yoshiuro who earned the "Excellence Award" at the Japan Media Arts Film Festival's animation division for his work on Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day, as well as the "Best Anime Award" at the Tokyo International Anime Fair's OVA division for Time of Eve.
Ichirou Ohkouchi serves as Sing a Bit of Harmony co-screenwriter, with Kanna Kii handling original character design, and Hidekazu Shimamura is serving as the animation director.
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!
What are your thoughts on the new Sing a Bit of Harmony trailer above? Are you going to be catching it in theaters when it hits next year?