An English version of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas will be releasing in theaters courtesy of Fathom Events, revealed by the recently released trailer. Yoru Sumino’s novel received an anime film adaptation last year when it released in Japan, and the movie went on to find acclaim at its various premieres around the world. Now, it's finally gearing up for a special US release.
Despite a name that might conjure images of a movie about zombies, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas actually tells the story about the relationship between an unnamed protagonist and Sakura Yamauchi, a young woman secretly dying from a terminal illness originating from her pancreas. Despite very different personalities and positions in life, the two find themselves drawn together during Sakura’s final months. Now, the first English trailer is leading up to its first US theatrical release for the tear-jerking drama (not cannibalistic gore-fest).
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The English trailer for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas was released through Fathom Events’ YouTube channel. The film will be hitting theaters for two screenings; one on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. and one on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. The February 7 showing will be subtitled in English, while the February 10 screening will be the English-dubbed version. Each screening will show exclusive footage, though what exactly that might be remains unclear, as well as some behind-the-scenes extras related to the English dub.
The English dub’s direction is being handled by veteran voice actress Erica Mendez. Mendez, known for her roles as Retsuko (Aggretsuko), Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill), and Sailor Uranus (Sailor Moon S) seems to have assembled an impressive cast for the dub. Robbie Daymond, mostly known for his video game roles like Goro Akechi in Persona 5 and Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, plays the lead role as the unnamed protagonist. Playing opposite Daymond will be Erika Harlacher who made waves as Kyoko Kirigiri in the Danganronpa series and most recently starred as Violet Evergarden in the Netflix Original series Violet Evergarden.
The novel I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino originally released online back in 2014. The story quickly found popularity, getting a formal republish in 2015 before receiving a manga adaptation in 2016. A live-action film titled Let Me Eat Your Pancreas released in 2017 followed by the anime film version in 2018. That’s absurdly fast for a series to make its way through the adaptation cycle anime typically follows, though there are even faster exceptions, like Goblin Slayer, which went through a similar cycle in just two years from 2016-2018.
Update: Original trailer link was pulled and we've updated with the new version.
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas will release theatrically through Fathom Events on February 7 and February 10.
Source: Fathom Events