19th Animation Division Jury Selections
The Anthem of the Heart
Animated feature film
NAGAI Tatsuyuki / OKADA Mari / TANAKA Masayoshi [Japan]
This ensemble youth drama is set in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture. NARUSE Jun was cursed by an “egg fairy” that makes her stomach ache whenever she talks. As such, she has become emotionally withdrawn, but this all changes in her second year in high school after she is appointed to the organizing committee of a regional exchange event. A story unfolds depicting the bonds between people that arise from emotional wounds, conflict, and yearning for others.