Whimsical Teaser for ‘Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san’ is Out

Remember ‘Odd Taxi’ and ‘Beastars’? The way they present anthropomorphic animals interacting with each other makes them incredibly human. For example, how they rant, plot against someone, or express their emotions is nowhere close to animals.

‘The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store’ puts actual humans with these animals, further blurring the lines of what is truly human. It also puts a newcomer into funny situations as she learns the ropes of her new job at a shopping mall.

On Friday, the official website for the film ‘The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store’ released a teaser video. It also revealed the cast and more staff members. The film will premiere in the fall of this year.

映画『北極百貨店のコンシェルジュさん』特報 | 2023年秋公開

In the 30-second video, the main character Akino is working at the Hokkyoku Mall, and she notices that all the customers are animals. Some of those are even extinct, like a mammoth. She jumps back in startlement on seeing the mammoth and steps on a penguin colleague.

As per the official website, the main cast of the film is listed below:

CharacterVoice ArtistOther Works
AkinoNatsumi KawaidaNatsumi Hodaka (Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater)
Eruru, the penguinTakeo ŌtsukaAquamarine Hoshino (Oshi no Ko)
Tōdō, the floor managerNobuo TobitaKen Wakashimazu (Captain Tsubasa)
Mori, a senior conciergeMegumi HanGon Freecss (Hunter × Hunter)
Iwase, a senior conciergeNatsumi FujiwaraTheoto Rikka (86)
Maruki, a veteran conciergeEiji YoshitomiMinoro Otake (Detective Conan)
Maître d’ of the store’s restaurantJun FukuyamaFinral Roulacase (Black Clover)
Tokiwa, a salesmanYūichi NakamuraSatoru Gojō (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Whimsical Teaser for 'Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san' is Out
Key Visual for the film ‘The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store’ | Source: Comic Natalie
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More members of the main staff were revealed. The staff members involved in the making are as follows:

PositionStaffOther Works
DirectorYoshimi ItazuWelcome to the Ballroom
ScriptwriterSatomi OoshimaHataraki Man, Raven of the Inner Palace
Character DesignChiyo Morita (also Chief Animation Director)Run with the Wind (Animation Director)
Animation ProductionProduction I.G.Heavenly Delusion, Psycho-Pass

While it looks a little unusual, it is amusing to see a human helping animals with their shopping. The background designs are notably attractive, with textures and well-chosen colors. It does make me wonder how the mall exists in the first place. I guess the movie will explain more about it when it arrives.

About The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store

The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store (Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san) is a manga series by Tsuchika Nishimura. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Zōkan from February 2017 to November 2018. It is collected into two volumes.

The series received the Excellence Award in 2022 at the 25th Jaoam Media Arts Festival.

Akino begins her new job as a concierge in a shopping mall. She guides her customers and helps with their unique needs. What’s strange about it? All the customers are animals, including some rare and even extinct species.

Source: Official Website , Comic Natalie

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