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The Concierge

ASIFAC Special Feature Selection

Screening June 28th, 2024 2:10 PM- 3:20 PM

Directed by: Yoshimi Itazu

Country: Japan

Year of Production: 2023

Running Time: 70 minutes

Technique: 2D Computer

Version: Japanese with English Subtitles

Production Company: PRODUCTION I.G

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Animation, Anime


Akino is a trainee concierge at the Hokkyoku Department Store, an unusual department store that caters exclusively to animals. Under the watchful eyes of the floor manager and senior concierges, Akino runs around to fulfill the wishes of customers with a myriad of needs and problems in her pursuit to become a full-fledged concierge.

Japanese Release Date: October 20, 2023



Born in 1980, Itazu started working in the anime industry at the age of 18. He worked as an animator for "KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops" series (2004), "Paprika" (2006), and "The Wind Rises" (2013). He served as the character designer, animation director, and an animator for "MISS HOKUSAI" (2015), and he was the co-assistant animation director for "The Deer King" (2022). He made his TV series directorial debut with "Welcome to the Ballroom" (MBS/2017), and "The Concierge" is his anime film directorial debut.

Filmmaker Headshot



Natsumi Kawaida (Akino)

Takeo Otsuka (Elulu)

Kenjiro Tsuda (Woolly)

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