Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Gyokou no Nikuko-chan

Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life

Airing Date:
June 11, 2021

Studio 4°C

Promotional Videos / PV

Official Images / Key Visuals


A comedic mother and daughter coming of age story by award winning Kanako Nishi, writer of the novel by the same title, which has sold over 350,000 copies.

Nikuko-chan’s loving personality has attracted nothing but bad men in her life and she has been fooled by them time and time again. Compared to her outrageously loud and excitable mother who has the innocence of a child, Kikuko is a mature fifth grader who has her head on straight. Whenever Nikuko-chan’s latest relationship comes to an end, the two of them move to a different town as if they were nomads. Most recently, they have drifted to a northern fishing port town. Feeling at a loss and hungry, Nikuko-chan and Kikuko go to a barbecue restaurant at the fishing port called Uogashi to fill their bellies. The owner of the restaurant, Sassan, a widower, was intending to close it when Nikuko-chan appeared before him. He thinks she is “a goddess of meat,” and offers her employment on the condition that she never gets an upset stomach. He lets Nikuko-chan and Kikuko take up residence in the fishing boat he owns at the port, and their new life begins!

Kikuko enrolls at the local elementary school. She is good at sports, picks up the local dialect quickly, and her friends say that she’s cute. However, she starts to feel a little embarrassed about her mother, who is rumored to be a Russian Matryoshka doll and always says the first thing that pops into her head in an Osakan dialect even though she’s not from Osaka.

Meanwhile, Kikuko gets caught in annoying quarrels between different girl groups at school, which are all too common for girls her age. She also meets an eccentric boy named Ninomiya, and little by little as she grows up, she starts to really like the fishing port town. But it’s only a matter of time before Nikuko-chan’s next failed relationship, and then they’ll have to start over again in a new town. As that insecurity crosses their minds, Kikuko and Nikuko-chan’s big secret is revealed.

Characters & Voice Actors List


Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Voice Actor: Shinobu Otake

A 38 year old who everyone calls Nikuko-chan. After moving to Osaka at the age of 16, she started speaking in an Osakan dialect. She has zero fashion sense and always wears unflattering clothing. It’s surprising how trusting she is and how easily she falls in love. Whenever she falls for the wrong guy and gets her heart broken, Nikuko-chan and her daughter Kikuko move from town to town. Three years ago they ended up at a small northern fishing port. Since then, she’s been working at Uogashi, a barbecue restaurant, and has been living a vigorous life. She loves Kikuko with all her heart, and she’s the kind of doting parent who will proudly brag about her daughter in public. She has a habit of saying “Normal is best.”


Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Voice Actor: Cocomi

Nikuko-chan’s daughter. She’s a mature fifth grader whose looks and personality are the direct opposite of her mother’s. She only speaks in an Osakan dialect in front of her mother. Sassan says she’s bilingual since she can freely switch between the local dialect and an Osakan dialect. Now that she’s gotten used to living in the fishing port, the thought of having to leave someday when Nikuko-chan gets her heart broken again worries her. Recently, for some reason she often thinks about Ninomiya, a boy from school. Kikuko has always loved reading and her latest favorite book is J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.


Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Voice Actor: Natsuki Hanae

Kikuko’s classmate. He’s generally a quiet boy who sometimes has involuntary facial tics. He builds toy models to take his mind off the tics because his parents, who are worried about his condition, thought it would do some good. He knows a secret place where you can see a beautiful view that overlooks the port.


Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Voice Actor: Ikuji Nakamura

The owner of the barbecue restaurant, Uogashi, in the fishing port. His real name is Sasuke. His wife passed away about one year before Nikuko-chan and Kikuko came to the port town. Overcome with loneliness, he was just about to shut down the restaurant when Nikuko-chan appeared. He thinks she’s “a goddess of meat” and gives her a job at the restaurant. Sassan offers his fishing boat to Nikuko-chan and Kikuko as a place to live. He holds them near and dear to his heart like real family.


Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Voice Actor: Izumi Ishii

A good classmate of Kikuko’s. They walk to and from school together. She’s a rich girl who lives in a Western-style house on a hill. When Kikuko transferred to her school, she was the first to talk to her and also took good care of her.


Voice Actor: Atsushi Yamanishi

A clerk at aquarium etc.

Voice Actor: Yuichi Yasoda

Tokage / Yamori

Voice Actor: Hiro Shimono


Voice Actor: Matsuko Delux


Voice Actor: Riho Yoshioka

Theme Songs
  • Opening Song: "Image no Uta" by Kurumi Inagaki
  • Ending Song: "Taketen" by GReeeeN
"Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" (Novel)
Gyokou-no-Nikuko-chan-KV Moving Comedy Movie "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Coming Summer 2021

Main Staff
  • Original Creator: Kanako Nishi
  • Director: Ayumu Watanabe
  • Script: Satomi Oshima
  • Character Design: Kenichi Konishi
  • Animation Director: Kenichi Konishi
  • Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu
  • General Producer: Sanma Akashiya

For more information: Official Website, Twitter

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