The staff and cast have been announced for the forthcoming Natsume’s Book of Friends anime film, Gekijōban Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Utsusemi ni Musubu (Natsume’s Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World). The film features an original story written under Midorikawa’s supervision.
Animation studio Shuka returns from the television anime’s fifth and sixth seasons to animate the film. Takahiro Ōmori is again serving as chief director, but Hideki Ito is the new director. Sadayuki Murai is again handling series composition, Tatsuo Yamada is returning for yōkai design, and Makoto Yoshimori is again composing the music.
The returning cast members include:
- Hiroshi Kamiya is Takashi Natsume
- Kazuhiko Inoue is Nyanko-sensei
- Sanae Kobayashi is Reiko Natsume
- Akira Ishida is Shūichi Natori
- Kazuma Horie is Kaname Tanuma
- Ryohei Kimura is Satoru Nishimura
- Hisayoshi Suganuma is Atsushi Kitamoto
- Miyuki Sawashiro is Jun Sasada
- Rina Satou is Tōru Taki
- Miki Itou is Tōko Fujiwara
- Eiji Itō is Shigeru Fujiwara
- Satsuki Yukino is Hiiragi
- Akemi Okamura is Hinoe
- Takaya Kuroda is Misuzu
- Chō is Chōbihige
- Takashi Matsuyama is One-Eyed Middle Class Yōkai
- Hiroshi Shimozaki is Ox-Faced Middle Class Yōkai
- Kyouko Chikiri is Kappa
Gekijōban Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Utsusemi ni Musubu is scheduled to premiere in Japan on September 29, 2018.