GKIDS to bring ‘Goodbye, Don Glees!’ to theaters this September

GKIDS announced that it will bring Goodbye, Don Glees! to cinemas nationwide this September. The film is the first original feature from writer/director Atsuko Ishizuka, who previously directed the widely lauded series A Place Further Than The Universe.

Continuing their partnership with Fathom Events, fan preview events for Goodbye, Don Glees! will play in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, 14 September (Japanese language), and Thursday, 15 September (English language dubbed). Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide by GKIDS starting Friday, 16 September.

Goodbye, Don Glees! follows the story of three friends over the course of one summer, as their backyard adventures turn one small incident to a life changing journey. It was domestically released in February 2022, and stars famed Japanese voice actors Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata, Haikyu!!), Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado, Demon Slayer), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass), and Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan). Goodbye, Don Glees! will have its North American premiere at Anime Expo today (Friday, 1 July).

As per the official synopsis, Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life. 

The 95-minute long film is produced by the acclaimed Studio Madhouse and represented internationally by KADOKAWA. Ayano Okamoto serves as the art director and character design is done by Takahiro Yoshimatsu.

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