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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Produced by Tsutomu Tomari
Written by Tetsuya Oishi
Starring Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Kay Panabaker
Izzy Stradlin
Mew Azama
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Cinematography Hiroshi Takase
Editing by Yōsuke Yafune
Studio Cinergi Pictures
Toei
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) December 5, 2008
Running time 300 min.
Country Japan
USA
Language Japanese

Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl is a 2008 Japanese romantic comedy directed by Hideaki Anno and starring Rupert Grint as a boy-turned-girl-by-accident, Emma Watson and Kay Panabaker as his/her love interests, and Izzy Stradlin as the alien who inadvertently transforms him into a girl.

PlotEdit

At the start of Kashimashi, a young high school boy named Hazumu Osaragi declares his love to classmate and close friend Yasuna Kamiizumi, but she quickly rejects him. Dejected, Hazumu climbs Mt. Kashima and is killed when an alien spacecraft accidentally crash lands on him. To rectify this, the alien in the ship named Hitoshi Sora brings Hazumu back to life, but inadvertently regenerates him as a female right down to the DNA level. This change in Hazumu serves as the catalyst for the development of character interactions for the remainder of the film.

After Hazumu returns back to school, Yasuna unexpectedly professes her love for Hazumu, but this serves only to confuse Hazumu as she adjusts to her new life as a girl. Yasuna, a rather feminine girl, has a unique affliction which makes her incapable of seeing males, and instead sees males as covered in a gray, hazy blur. Hazumu's childhood friend Tomari Kurusu, an athletic girl and tomboy, finds Hazumu's change difficult to cope with. Tomari starts to realize her own romantics feelings for Hazumu as Yasuna starts becoming closer to Hazumu, especially after Tomari witnesses Hazumu and Yasuna kissing one day after school. A conflict arises between Yasuna and Tomari who fight for Hazumu's affection while she is unable to choose between them. This results in a love triangle emerging between the three female main characters. Hazumu's best male friend Asuta Soro also starts having romantic feelings for Hazumu, but tries his best to repress them. Tomari's good friend Ayuki Mari, an intelligent girl interested in the sciences, continuously observes the ongoing development of the love triangle while keeping a stance of watching from afar.

The very stoic Hitoshi originally came to Earth in order to study human emotions, especially those related to love, in an attempt to save his species from extinction. His species has long-since given up their emotions resulting in a loss of their sexual urges and thus a continuously dwindling population. Hitoshi moves into Hazumu's home where he is warmly welcomed by Hazumu's parents. He brings with him an artificially intelligent gynoid named Jan Pu which serves as the automatic pilot for his spaceship. Jan Pu's body is modeled after Hazumu's own female body, and possesses an energetic and childish personality.

While initially citing Hazumu's change as an accident, Hitoshi later realizes this was an unexpected result of the regeneration process. By the time Hitoshi becomes aware of his mistake, he tells Hazumu and her friends she has only one month left to live. Hitoshi explains to Hazumu's friends how someone very close to Hazumu has to donate "life grains" to Hazumu to sustain her life. While unaware her friends know about her impending death, Hazumu continues to live her life and comes to fully accept her fate. The day Hazumu is appointed to die, she falls off the school's roof and Tomari jumps off the roof in an attempt to save her. While in mid-air, Hitoshi interferes by transferring the necessary "life grains" to Hazumu, and both survive the fall. When they later wake up in the infirmary, Hazumu confesses her love to Tomari, effectively choosing her over Yasuna.

ReleaseEdit

See also: Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl home video releases

The film premiered at the Tokyodome on November 5, 2008, and Rupert Grint showed up in a Gothic Lolita frilly dress. Emma Watson, on the other hand, appeared in her usual leather-jacket-and-blue-jeans look. At the premiere, Emma tended to alternate between normal Japanese and Kansai dialect. The film was released with English subtitles in English-speaking countries on December 5, 2008. The film was rated PG-13 for "sexual references, language and some violence". The film was released on Betamax, VHS, DVD, and BluRay on April 7, 2009, and includes an all-new English-language audio track produced by Sky Quest Entertainment. All four principal actors dubbed their own voices for this new English dub.

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