Japanese novels and anime are known for their bizarre titles, but few have been as head-turning was “I Want To Eat Your Pancreas“, the name of romantic drama by Yoru Sumino. The title apparently originates from an old idiom, where someone will wish an illness away by expressing a desire to “eat it away”. It’s certainly still bizarre even with that background, but we have a more well known idiom that may apply here – “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and soon, we’ll be able to see each page for ourselves, courtesy of Seven Seas Entertainment.
Today, the publisher announced plans to release both Yoru Sumino’s “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas” novel and its manga adaptation in English, with the former arriving on 20th November 2018 and the latter, on 22nd January 2019. Seven Seas describes the story as follows:
In this deeply moving first-person story, a high school boy finds the diary of his classmate—and discovers that she’s dying. Yamauchi Sakura has been silently suffering from a pancreatic disease in school, and now exactly one person outside her family knows. He swears to her that he won’t tell anyone what he learned, and the shared secret brings them closer together. The two have very little in common, but they find themselves drawn to each other in Sakura’s final months to live.
In related news, a brand new trailer for the upcoming anime feature film has been released:
Shin’ichirō Ushijima (Hunter x Hunter Episode Director) is helming the project and writing the script at Studio VOLN (Ushio & Tora), with chief animation and character designs by Yūichi Oka (To Love Ru: Darkness). The film is currently slated to open in Japan on 1st September 2018, with no international release announced at time of writing. Mahiro Takasugi (Silver Spoon live-action) will lead the film as the unnamed male protagonist, alongside Lynn (Fuuka).