On July 19, 2022, Sentai Filmworks announced that it will screen Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie (Gekijoban Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san), the feature-length follow-up to the romcom slice-of-life anime series of the same name. The Teasing Master Takagi-san USA release date is on August 14 and 15, 2022. It’ll only be released in select theaters in the U.S., so if you would like to know the showtimes they are listed on Sentai Filmworks official website.
Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie opened in Japan on June 10, 2022, and Sentai Filmworks screened the film at Anime Expo 2022 on July 3, 2022.
You can watch a trailer for the movie on Sentai Filmworks official YouTube channel here:
What is the plot of the movie?
Middle school students Nishikata and Takagi sit next to each other in class. Takagi likes to tease her classmate Nishikata by telling him embarrassing jokes or pulling pranks. In response, Nishikata creates a plan to get his revenge, but Takagi tends to outsmart him when she identifies his weaknesses and uses them to her advantage. In those rare moments when Takagi loses a challenge, Nishikata finds that for some odd reason he doesn’t feel like the winner. The setting is based on the real-life town of Tonosho in the Kagawa Prefecture in Japan.
The movie’s story begins with Takagi and Nishikata’s final summer in junior high. Takagi and Nishikata both have anxiety and hope for the future. When they find an adorable, abandoned, white kitten they decide to team up in order to find the kitten’s missing mother. Due to the fact that the kitten seems to like flowers, they decide to name the cat Hana (played by Inori Minase).
As the events unfold and things get complicated, the relationship between Takagi and Nishikata takes an important first step forward. The movie is filled with Takagi’s signature delightful teasing and hilarious antics fans have come to expect from this anime as well as its fan-favorite characters. Haruka Tomatsu will play a pet shop employee named Ota.
Yuiko Ohara performs movie’s insert song “Hamabo no Hana” and theme song “Hajimari no Natsu”
You can watch the music video for “Hajimari no Natsu” (The Beginning of Summer) on Yuiko Ohara’s official YouTube channel here:
Who are the production team members?
Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie production team members include:
- Director – Hiroaki Akagi
- Animation – Shinei Animation Studio
- Scriptwriters – Hiroko Fukuda, Aki Itami and Kanichi Katou
- Character design – Aya Takano
- Music composer – Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Where can I read the manga or watch the anime?
Teasing Master Takagi-san is a romance, slice-of-life Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Soichiro Yamamoto. Yen Press has licensed the manga’s English version for release in North America.
From January to March 2018, an anime TV series by Shin-Ei Animation aired in Japan, and an OVA was released in July 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed its English dub version.
From July to September 2019, a second season aired in Japan, and later premiered on Netflix in December 2019. From January to March 2022, a third season aired. HIDIVE streamed the series’ English dub version of the third season, which features the cast from Funimation’s dub.
In 2021, Teasing Master Takagi-san won the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen category.
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