The official website for the movie of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka‘s () light novels started streaming the film’s pre-feature recap video on Wednesday. The video, which will play before the film in theaters, features the different Katarinas inside her, who call themselves “Katarina 5,” giving a recap of the series’ story.
The video below does not have English subtitles:
The film will open in Japan on December 8. The film will have its world premiere at this year’s Anime NYC event on November 19 at 2: 45 p.m. EST. Crunchyroll will stream the film.
Original light novel author Satoru Yamaguchi is writing the original story for the film. Returning staff members include director Keisuke Inoue, writers Megumi Shimizu and Megumu Sasano, character designer Miwa Oshima, and animation studio SILVER LINK. angela and Shōta Aoi performs the theme song “Harenochi Hallelujah!”
The new cast for the film includes (character name spellings not confirmed):
- Kensho Ono as Ahkil
- Ayumu Murase as Kumit
- Akari Kitō as Nasheet
- Reina Ueda as Hati
- Yōko Hikasa as Aruks
- Rie Kugimiya as Piyo
The anime’s first season premiered in April 2020, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. The English dub debuted in May 2020. The second season, titled , premiered in July 2021, and Crunchyroll streamed the season as it aired in Japan. The company is also streaming an English dub. Crunchyroll is also streaming an original video anime in the franchise.
J-Novel Club is digitally publishing the novels, and it describes the story:
After hitting her head particularly hard one day, Duke Claes’ daughter, Katarina, suddenly recalls all the memories of her past life: that of a teenage Japanese girl. Just before her untimely death, this girl recalls playing an otome game… that is exactly like the world she’s living in now!
She is now Katarina Claes, the antagonist of the otome game, who nastily hounded the protagonist until the end. Knowing all the possible outcomes of the game, she realizes that every single possible route ends with Katarina being murdered or exiled! In order to avoid these Catastrophic Bad Ends, she has to use her knowledge of the game and her own wiles, starting with breaking off this engagement with the prince…
Will Katarina survive while making her way through this world, where bad flags trip at every turn? Find out in this reverse-harem rom-com, led by everybody’s favorite villainess!
Yamaguchi began the original novel series on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō! website in July 2014, and Ichijinsha began publishing the novels with illustrations by Nami Hidaka in August 2015. Hidaka also provides the art for the ongoing manga, which began in Ichijinsha‘s magazine in August 2017.
Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English.
Sources: anime film’s website, Comic Natalie