With The Klutzy Witch anime film, based on the Satoko Narita–written and Enaga Senno-illustrated Japanese children’s book series, set to premiere in Japanese theaters in Spring 2023, the first cast members for the magical movie were announced today alongside a new key visual of Fuka and her magical childhood friends.
Fuka will be voiced by Honoka Inoue (Xiaomei in EDENS ZERO)
Chitose will be voiced by Mutsumi Tamura (Ermes Costello in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean)
Karin will be voiced by Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket 2019)
Directing The Klutzy Witch at Production I.G. is Takayuki Hamana (The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light) with Kiyoko Yoshimura (takt op.Destiny) writing the script and Marumi Sugita (Asteroid in Love chief animation director) designing the characters.
The Klutzy Witch series is published by POPLAR in Japan, where it has sold more than 1.4 million copies over its 15-year lifespan. The publisher describes the story of the first book, The Klutzy Witch is a Princess, as (in English):
Fuka, a little witch, is training to be a better witch like her mother, a queen of Silver Castle. She is a lively girl and cares about her friends, but she gets into trouble sometimes. Karin, a princess of Green Castle, is Fuka’s best friend; and Chitose, a prince of Blue Castle, is her friend from childhood. Fuka goes to the Wood of Wolf to look for a tunnel with them, but they find a hole instead. This is an exciting story of adventure and friendship. It’s the first in the series.
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.