Ahead of its launch in Japan later this year, Sing a Bit of Harmony got a new teaser in the form of a music video from production company Shochiku.
On Tuesday, the company began streaming a brand new music video for the film. Titled “You Need a Friend,” the video showcases some footage and stills from the upcoming film over the vocals from Tao Tsuchiya.
“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,” says the official synopsis. “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!”
Sing a Bit of Harmony is written and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who most recently was awarded the “Excellence Award” at the Japan Media Arts Film Festival’s animation division for his work on Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day. Yoshiura also won the “Best Anime Award” at the Tokyo International Anime Fair’s OVA division for his work on Time of Even.
Sing a Bit of Harmony will release in Japan on October 29, 2021, and will release in theaters in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand sometime in early 2022.