November 1, 2019 / By: Nakase Kotaro (Translated by vrusshie & Hiro毛 )
「Haikyuu!!」 4th season "TO THE TOP", introducing new characters: by Hanae Natsuki & Miyano Mamoru, and teaser PVfrom the upcoming OVA
TV anime 『Haikyuu!!』 will release its 4th season titled 『Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP』 with a new visual of Karasuno High School. In addition, it is announced that there will be new characters voiced by Hanae Natsuki & Miyano Mamoru, as well as teaser PV for the upcoming OVA 『Haikyuu!! Land VS Sky』.
TV anime 『Haikyuu!!』 will release its 4th season titled 『Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP』 with a new visual of Karasuno High School.
In addition, it is announced that there will be new characters voiced by Hanae Natsuki & Miyano Mamoru, as well as teaser PV fromthe upcoming OVA 『Haikyuu!!Riku VS Sora Land VS Sky』 which will be released on January 22, 2020.
These were announced at the “New Series Kickoff Event ~Road to the National Tournament (Orange Court)~” held on September 22 at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba.
This 4th season of Haikyuu! depicts a story of Kageyama Tobio ,who joins The All-Japan Youth Training Camp, hich is where he will meet the new characters. Those characters are no other than Hoshiumi Korai from Kamomedaiemodai High voiced by Hanae Natsuki, and Miya Atsumu from Inarizaki High voiced by Miyano Mamoru.
Furthermore, teaser PV showing representatives of The Spring InterHigh for the upcoming OVA 『Haikyuu!! Land VS Sky』 is finally published at the event, followed with a cheer of joy and applause from fans.
TV anime 『Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP』 will be broadcast starting from January 2020, on channel 28 “Super Animeism” of MBS / TBS network nationwide.
OVA 『Haikyuu!! Land VS Sky』 will be released on January 22, 2020, in Blu-ray for 6,800 yen (+ tax) and DVD for 5,800 yen (+ tax).
TV anime 『Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP』 will be broadcast fromJanuary 2020!!
The 4th season from January 2020 on channel 28 MBS / TBS nationwide networks every Fridayat 1:25 AMon the “Super Animeism”!!
OVA 『Haikyuu!! Riku VS SoraLand VS Sky』, January 22, 2020 (Wednesday) release!!
The decisive battle where Nekoma, Fukurodani, and Nohebi meet their fate at The Spring InterHigh Tokyo!!
Price: 【Blu-ray】6,800 yen +tax
【DVD】5,800 yen +tax
(C) Haruichi Furudate / Shueisha, “Haikyuu!!” Production Committee, MBS
TV Anime 『Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga』（Will begin broadcast from January 2020）'s main casts features big names “Super Huge New Voice Actors” such as Kenyu(犬友) Horiuchi, Toshio Furukawa(犬川), Tesshou Genda(犬田) and Tomokazu Sugita.
It was decided that theTV anime “Magia Records Puella MagiMagical girl Madoka Magica Gaiden” will be broadcast in January 2020,along with
the second key visual and the first PV will be released. At the same time, it was announced that Kana Hanazawa will appear as a new anime character, Kuroe.
A collaboration event titled "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP Karasuno Birthday Party in Tokyu Hands～For the Beautiful Kiyoko san～" between the TV Anime "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP" and Tokyu Hands will be held nationwide at 21 Tokyu Hands stores from Jan. 31, 2020.
The main theme of "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP Karasuno Birthday Party in Tokyu Hands～For the Beautiful Kiyoko san～" will be the "Karasuno Birthday Party".
In the event, all the members of Karasuno's volleyball club will celebrate the birthday of Shimizu Kiyoko ("the only flower of Karasuno's volleyball club") at Tokyu Hands. Each of them has prepared a personal present for her birthday.
During the celebration held nationwide at 21 Tokyu Hands stores, limited items which are original illustrations based on the birthday party, as well as illustrations of "chibi" characters wearing hand aprons, will be on sale. In addition, limited purchase bonuses will be available.
"Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP Karasuno Birthday Party in Tokyu Hands～For the Beautiful Kiyoko san～" is scheduled to be held from Jan. 31, 2020 until Mar. 1. Further details are available at Tokyu Hands special website.
(C) Furudate Haruichi/Shueisha・"Haikyuu!!" Production Committee・MBS
New promotional video from "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP", set to air on Jan. 10, 2020, shows scenes from the All-Japan Youth Intensive Training Camp. It was also announced that voice actors Toriumi Kohsuke and Uemura Yuto will play the characters Sakusaki Yomi and Komori Motoya, respectively, in the new season.
『 Haikyu!! 』's OVA, 『 Haikyu!! Land vs Sky 』will have an advanced screening on Nov. 30. After the screening, a talk show was held with the captain of Nohebi Academy, Daisho Suguru's voice actor Okitsu Kazuyuki and Nekoma High School, Haiba Lev's voice actor Ishii Mark .
Director Tasuki's ("Kemono Friends") TV Anime "Hentatsu" Blu-ray will be on sale. The bonus CD which contains the opening theme song, will be on sale from Apr. 29, 2020 onward.
TV Anime "Hentatsu" is a 2 minute TV anime broadcast that was posted on Director Tatsuki's Twitter account. It was a surprise broadcast starting from Jan. 2020.
The bonus CD included with the Blu-ray will contain the main theme song sung by the 2 characters:"Oni" (CV: Takasugi Kaori) and "Neko" (CV: Kadowaki Mai).
Moreover, as a special shop bonus: "Acrylic Stand Oni" will be given for purchases made from Amazon, ANIPLEX+ while the "Acrylic Stand Neko" will be given for purchases made from Animate, Gamers, Tora no Ana, and Softmap.
TV Anime "Hentatsu" is being broadcast on TOKYO MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV from Jan. 4,2020 (Saturday).
"Hentatsu・TV Version BD & CD (provisional)" is priced at 3,800 JPY and it will be on sale from Apr. 29.
One month has already passed since the start of the winter 2020’s anime.
TV anime does not comprise of just the main story, but also the theme song which expresses the world inside in only 1 minute and 30 seconds is a great attraction. A variety of songs have been collected from the anime of winter 2020. Among them, which are the theme songs that resonated the most with the fans?
Here at Anime!Anime! we conducted a reader survey asking "Among the anime theme songs of winter 2020, which one do you like?" During the survey period between Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, a total of 156 responses were received.
The gender ratio was almost the same with 48% for male and 52% for female. The age group was about 50% for those under the age of 19, and about 30% for those in their 20s, mainly focusing on youngsters.
Now we will announce the results related to the ED theme.
■ "Haikyuu!!" is on top again as in the OP theme category. Works that have different theme songs in each episode were also ranked in.
The 1st place goes to "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP". The approval rating was about 20%, taking both tops together with the previous survey related to the OP theme.
The ED theme is "Kessen Spirit" by CHiCO with HoneyWorks. There were various comments from the readers, such as "An encouraging song that gives me great support. It’s so positive that makes me feel like, even if you're backed up against the wall and lose the game, you shouldn’t feel ashamed of it, because it will actually make you stronger!".
Some fans commented about the new feeling and style brought by the song, "HoneyWorks was an unexpected feeling in “Haikyuu!!, but I think it suits perfectly to the anime", and "I was looking forward to the first song by a female artist in " Haikyu !!". It was impressive more than I imagined."
The 2nd place is a tie between “Isekai Quartet 2” and “Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~” with the same percentage equal to 7%.
The ED theme of “Isekai Quartet 2” is titled “Ponkotsu! Isekai Theater” sung by the female cast which includes Shalltear (CV: Uesaka Sumire), Megumin (CV: Takahashi Rie), Rem (CV: Minase Inori), and Visja (CV: Hayami Saori). In the first season, the protagonist and the heroine worked on the theme song, while in season 2 the sub heroines were in charge of it. Popular characters were specially gathered, and it seems that many fans have fallen in love with it.
In the same way, the cast in “Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~” was also in charge of the ED theme. Since each episode adopts a different ED theme, many fans expressed their comments about it saying, "I'm always looking forward to seeing who will sing in the next episode. The voice actors are good at singing and expressing their characters’ traits in each song”, and "you can enjoy the lingering feeling of the anime left by the song".
Regarding only the male voting; 1st place is “Isekai Quartet 2”, 2nd place is “Asteroid in Love”, and 3rd place is “In/Spectre”, while the female voting includes "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP" on the top, “Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~” on 2nd place, while “Toilet-bound Hanako-kun” and “Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga” were tied on the 3rd place.
“Yozora” by Suzuki Minori in "Asteroid in Love", "Compared to the OP theme, it is slightly calmer and makes me feel healed."
“LAST DANCE” by Miyano Mamoru in “In/Spectre”, "Starting from the paisley pattern of Kotoko-chan's underwear that came out in the original work, as well as the scene of Kurou-kun placing his hand under Kotoko’s chin in a romantic way, and the back of Kotoko-chan were shown!!".
"Tiny Light" by Kitou Akari in “Toilet-bound Hanako-kun”, “It is a song that makes you feel compassionate in a sad way towards Nene and Hanako-kun”. The touch of the images is also unique".
Regarding “Inusei ha Ichido kiri” by Cinnamon, Boo, and Lucky in “Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga”, the song became very popular with the voice actors being in charge of it; "it is comical and makes you feel fun."
(Survey period: Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, 2020)
* The questionnaire is part of an attitude survey related to the interest of the readers towards the current anime works and characters. Regarding the results, there is no intention to determine any kind of relative merit of any character or production. We hope that this article will be an opportunity for you to get to know new works and characters, and also deepen your understanding and interest in them.
■Top Ranking 20
"Among the anime theme songs of winter 2020, which one do you like? ED Ver."
1. "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP"
2. “Isekai Quartet 2”
2. “Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~”
4. "Toilet-bound Hanako-kun"
5. "If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die"
7. "Asteroid in Love"
7. "Somali and the Forest Spirit"
9. "Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga"
9. "Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!"
9. "BanG Dream! 3rd Season"
9. "Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story"
9. "Yo-kai Watch Jam - Yo-kai Academy Y: Close Encounters of the
14. "Interspecies Reviewers"
14. "Heya Camp"
14. "Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It"
17. "A Certain Scientific Railgun"
18. "BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense."
18. "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!"
18. "A3! SEASON SPRING ＆ SUMMER"
18. "Smile Down the Runway"
(Survey period: Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, 2020)
The "Free streaming online TV station", "AbemaTV" had announced the top 5 works of it "Fastest Ranking" based on the new anime that was broadcast from Jan. 2020.
The 1st place for the most views and most comments is "Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World" and "Darwin's Game" respectively.
Amongst works which was broadcast from Jan. 2020 in "AbemaTV" anime channel, “Fastest Ranking” is decided. The most views count is based on the first broadcast of episode 1 and the recording in "AbemaVideo" while the most comments is based on the comments on the first broadcast of episode 1 only.
The 1st place for the most views goes to the "Edited version" of "Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World" prior to the broadcast of its season 2 in April.
Followed by "Darwin's Game" in 2nd place, "Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story" in 3rd place, "Toilet-bound Hanako-kun" in 4th place, and "Isekai Quartet 2" as 5th place.
For the most comments sections, the 1st place goes to "Darwin's Game" with the development of the unpredictable ultimate supernatural abilities battle.
Followed by "Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story" in 2nd place, "A Certain Scientific Railgun T" in 3rd place, "Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World" in 4th place, and "Asteroid in Love" as 5th place.
All the above works in the "Fastest Ranking" can be streamed in "AbemaTV".
"Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World" Season 1 Edited Version (C) Nagatsuki Tappei・KADOKAWA Publication Co., Ltd./Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World Season 1 Production Committee
"Darwin's Game" (C) FLIPFLOPs (Akita Shoten)/ Darwin's Game Production Committee
"Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story" (C) Magica Quartet/ Aniplex・Magia Record Anime Partners
"A Certain Scientific Railgun T" (C) Kamachi Kazuma/ Fuyukawa Motoi/ ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ/PROJECT-RAILGUN T
"Toilet-bound Hanako-kun" (C) Aidairo/ SQUARE ENIX "Toilet-bound Hanako-kun" Production Committee
"Asteroid in Love" (C) Quro・Houbunsha/Hoshisaki High School Earth Science Club
"Isekai Quartet 2" (C) Isekai Quartet 2/ ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ
Most of the 2020 Winter anime had broadcast their first episode, and the lineup of interesting titles are suitable with the start of the 2020s.
Previously, Anime!Anime! had conducted a reader survey on "What's your most anticipated 2020 winter anime?", and we believe that there are some changes in readers' opinion after the broadcast had started. Among those anime, which anime is your favorite as of January?
So, Anime! Anime! had conducted a reader survey on “What's your "currently" most favorite 2020 winter anime?", receiving a total of 309 answers from Jan. 24 Jan. 31. The gender ratio was split almost equally the same. As for the age groups, 35% of the readers who answered were below 19, while 30% were in their twenties; an overall young readership.
■Anime from various genres such as comedy, fantasy, school life, etc are ranked in!
1st place is "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP (Season 4)" and the support rating is approximately 12%.
In the most anticipated survey, the latest "Haikyuu!!" series had also taken the top place. There were a lot of comments regarding the growth of the characters such as "It makes me want to support them as training and lessons toward the national tournament await them. I am looking forward to the growth of Hinata, Kageyama, and their friends."
2nd place is "If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die". The support rating is approximately 7% and it had ranked up from 10th place in the most anticipated survey.
This is a comedy idol anime depicting the protagonist supporting the underground idol members with her life. We had received comments that share the same feeling as the protagonist such as "Despite it being an idol anime, this is my first time seeing an anime where the focus is on the otaku that supports the idol. As the idols are really cute, the viewer can support them together with the protagonist.", and "I want to be friend with Eripiyo-san, she is so cute when she is supporting Maina-chan".
3rd place is "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun". The support rating is approximately 6% and it had ranked up from 4th place in the most anticipated survey.
This anime is a comedy based on the school ghost stories of the female toilet. The main character, Hanako-kun is quite popular and it had received comments such as "I liked the fact that he will listen to our problem properly despite in a sloppy manner!", and " I Like Ogata Megumi who voiced Hanako-kun".
Based on only the male votes, the 1st place is "If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die", while the 2nd place is a tie between "Asteroid in Love" and "Neko Paradise". For the female- only votes, the 1st place is Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP", the 2nd place is "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun", and the 3rd place is "Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?".
Regarding "Asteroid in Love": "The stargazing scene was amazing. It's so romantic when you look at the stars in the night through the astronomical telescope.
Regarding "Neko Paradise": "it gathers cute and good characters (cats) which make me feel at ease after watching it!"
Regarding "Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?", we have received comments such as "The gentle yet warm story is so interesting and I am healed by it. Their animal appearance and personification appearance are both cute".
■Let's introduce other comments!!
Regarding "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!": "I am surprised every time by their detailed drawing on the animation production process! The habits of the character are so interesting!"
Regarding "BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.": "I think the most interesting part is the protagonists' pure intention in playing the game. It makes me want to play it after watching it!"
Regarding "Interspecies Reviewers": "The main theme song 'Sukebe ga Daisuki♪' said it all" and "This is my favorite anime for this season among all the others". The commentary shows that votes were received for various titles.
New anime series had also entered the midpoint. Let's see what sort of developments await us!
■Top 20 Ranking
[What's your "currently" most favorite 2020 winter anime?]
1st place: "Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP (Season 4)"
2nd place: "If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die"
3rd place: "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun"
4th place: "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!"
5th place: "BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense."
6th place: "Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?"
7th place: "Asteroid in Love"
7th place: "Neko Paradise"
7th place: "Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden"
10th place: "In/Spectre"
10th place: "Hentatsu"
12th place: "Infinite Dendrogram"
12th place: "Dorohedoro"
12th place: "A Destructive God Sits Next to Me"
15th place: "Interspecies Reviewers"
15th place: "BanG Dream! 3rd Season"
17th place: "A3! SEASON SPRING ＆ SUMMER"
17th place: "Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga"
19th place: "Somali and the Forest Spirit"
19th place: "22/7"
(Survey Period: Jan. 24 ~ Jan. 31, 2020)
The pair of Tamura Atsushi (London Boots 1 and 2) and Morimoto Hideki (Nibun no Go!) visited Saga Prefecture, which is the mecca of the TV anime "Zombie Land Saga", in the special TV program called "Lon Boo Atsushi's Zombie Land Saga Mecca Visiting Tour". It will be aired on TVQ Kyushu Broadcast from Feb. 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm.
It will be available on "TVQ Kyushu Broadcast Official YouTube Channel" exclusively for 1 month after the broadcast on TV.
In this special program, Atsushi of Lon Boo, Morimoto of Nibun no Go!, and Yamazaki Kana from TVQ Kyushu Broadcast visit the locations appeared in "Zombie Land Saga", including "Karatsu Station Plaza", which "Franchouchou" held their 1st live, "Karatsu City Furusato Hall Arpino", where the impressive concert was held in episode 12, "Karatsu City Museum of History & Folklore", which the members live in, "Drive-In Tori Imari Store", the restaurant which the visitors must visit, and "Saga Castle History Museum", which the members did the rap battle in episode 2.
In addition, the 3 visitors interact with the people of Saga, including the governor Yamaguchi Yoshinori, while introducing the Saga's charms.
Furthermore, Hondo Kaede, the voice actress playing the protagonist of "Zombie Land Saga", Minatomo Sakura, will narrate the program. Fans should definitely check out this program.
"Lon Boo Atsushi's Zombie Land Saga Mecca Visiting Tour" will be broadcast from Feb. 24, 2020 4:00 pm on TVQ Kyushu Broadcast. This program will be released exclusively on "TVQ Kyushu Broadcast YouTube Channel" for 1 month after the broadcast on TV.
The application form of the collaboration goods with "Zombie Land Saga", which Lon Boo Atsushi chose in the program for the audiences, is on the program website. It will given to 7 applicants by lottery. All gifts are autographed by Hondo Kaede, and the deadline of the application is Mar. 2, 2020 on 5:00 pm.
■Introducing the mecca
01. Karatsu Station Plaza
This is where "Franchouchou" held their first guerrilla concert. It a suitable starting place to begin the mecca tour.
02. Karatsu City Furusato Hall Arpino
This is where the impressive live was held in the 12th episode. We secretly entered the hall because there was something going on inside!
We had a quiz battle at the gift shop, betting on the special gifts!
03. Karatsu City Museum of History & Folklore
The visitors must come to this place! This is where the members of "Franchouchou" live in. The caretaker of this building said that a lot of fans visit this place for site seeing! This building contains the atmosphere that makes you think "there might be zombie inside".
04. Drive-In Tori Imari Store
The visitors who come to see the places related to "Zombie Land Saga" should eat at here! The set menu of the fresh chicken, tasty chicken with rice, and the soup with chicken soup stock is delicious. The guests are also impressed to see the CEO of the restaurant, who also appeared in anime as the voice actor!
05. Saga Castle History Museum
This is the last place the guests visited as Lon Boo Atsushi is a big fans of castle and history. This is where the characters did the rap battle in the 2nd episode. The guests enjoyed the conversation on anime with the anime fans at the center of the castle!
Yamaguchi Yoshinori himself introduces the appealing point of Saga!
（C）2020. TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
(C) Zombie Land Saga Production Committee
Brand new key visuals and a PV from the TV Anime "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected." (Due to broadcast 9 Apr. 2020) have been released along with further information on its broadcast.
"My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected" (Abbreviated as OreGairu) was originally a light novel serialized in "Gagaga Bunko". It was the only series that took first place three years consecutively in the "This Light Novel is Amazing! 2014 - 2016" category, landing itself into the Hall of Fame andhas since been converted into an anime and game. The series is seen as a landmark achievement with a whopping 9 million "Light Novel Multi Protagonist Story".
The brand new visuals released this timefeature Hikigaya Hachiman, Yukinoshita Yukino, Yuigahama Yui and the members from the Service Club in a line, in front of the black board. The visuals give a photoshoot-like feel to their poses, befitting of the final season.
Moreover, information regarding the OP and ED theme songs hasalso been announced. The artist in charge of the OP theme song will be Yanagi Nagi with the song titled: "Sprout's Rain". The ED theme song will be sung by Yukinoshita Yukino (CV. Hayami Saori) and Yuigahama Yui (CV. Toyama Nao) and is titled: "Purity of Diamonds"
"My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected." will be broadcast on TBS and other stations from 9 Apr. 2020 onward, on Thursdays at 1:58 AM (JPT).
(C) Wataru Watari, Shogakukan/This Production Committee Is Wrong As I Expected
"Baseball Episode", the episode that is highly evaluated by the manga fans, became a video as the 7th episode (Ma no 7) in the TV anime "Dorohedoro". The 7th episode is called, "All Star☆ Dream Baseball Party", and part of it can be seen in the trailer prior to the release of the episode.
The original manga of "Dorohedoro" is popular manga by Hayashida Q, which was serialized for 18 years since 2000. The manga was produced as a TV anime by MAPPA, the studio known for high quality anime including "Dororo" and "Zombie Land Saga", although the anime for "Dorohedoro" seemed impossible.
Kaiman is the man who had his face changed to a lizard by a spell and lost his memory. He goes on the journey to look for the wizard who cast the spell on him together with his partner Nikaido. He wonders who is he...
The 2 teams, "Chuo Worms", the baseball team that Kaiman and Nikaido belong to, lead by Vaux, and "Heiwa Sharks", which is supervised by the chief doctor of Haul Peace Hospital, who is the rival of Vaux, compete in the 7th episode.
In addition, the further information for "Blue Night Shibuya", the original drawing exhibition that uses several stores in Shibuya, arrived.
First 200 visitors with the purchase of the collaboration goods will be given the tin badge with the 8-bit dot design used for 1st half of the Blu-ray set. Please check out further information at the official website.
TV anime "Dorohedoro" is broadcast every Sunday on TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels.
(C) 2020 Hayashida Q・Shogakukan/ Dorohedoro Production Committee
All cast members of the TV anime "Sing 'Yesterday' for Me" including Sakamoto Maaya, Suzuki Tatsuo, Kitamura Eri, and others have been announced. The theme song will be sung by the 4-piece band Yourness, which will be their first anime tie-up.
"Sing 'Yesterday' for Me" is originally a manga serialized in "Business Jump" and "Grand Jump" by Toume Kei from 1998 to 2015. The TV anime adaption will begin its broadcast in Apr.
The main characters are; Uozumi Rikuo voiced by Kobayashi Chikahiro, Nonaka Haru voiced by Miyamoto Yume, Morinome Shinako voiced by Hanazawa Kana, and Hayakawa Rou voiced by Hanae Natsuki. 21 additional voice cast were announced including Sakamoto Maaya as Sayama Kyouko, Suzuki Tatsuo as Kinoshita, and Kitamura Eri as Yuzuhara Chika.
A trailer movie of the 4 main characters was also released. You can check out the voices of the 4 before the broadcast begins.
The theme song is sung by Yourness, the 4-piece rock band from Fukuoka. It was their first time creating a song for an anime, and they have made a new song that matches the show.
The title being an ensemble cast, they have plans to bring other artists on for the theme song. Let's look forward to further information.
The series composition will be taken care of by director Fujiwara Yoshiyuki himself. He has reconstructed the drama of the characters into 12 episodes under the supervision of Toume Kei, the original writer, and wrote the script along with the scriptwriter Tanaka Hitoshi, who is also a fan of the original work.
The anime is set in somewhere around Shimokitazawa Station and Matsubara Station taken from the original "small town along the private railway close to Shinjuku". The age setting also follows suit with the original manga, around 2002, with details to match the time such as; conversations between fixed-line phones and phone booths, analog TVs, cassette players.
Comments from director Fujiwara, Tanaka Hitoshi, Yourness were released along with the announcement.
<Full comments are as below>
【Director: Fujiwara Yoshiyuki】
This title requires a subtle tension such as; transactions like a chemical reaction, having the characters' emotional state change during the conversations.
We had to take steps to create a situation to show the distance and intense atmosphere of the characters' relations.
The story ended up the way it did through the process of carefully extracting how we want to connect with other people and what would make us stressed out in such a situation.
Is it really bad for Rikuo and the characters to feel the hope and worries of reality?
I believe the question "What is happiness?" is still relevant to this generation.
I hope everyone can enjoy these features.
【Scriptwriter: Tanaka Hitoshi】
This title depicts a difficult era of Japan for the youth which still continues. There are many that couldn't get jobs or feel vague anxiety just like Rikuo, and I hope the ones who aren't familiar with those times can feel something from this anime.
I think everyone will be able to get a sense of that period.
【Theme song artist: Koga Shouhei from Yourness】
Many people supported us to be in charge of our first anime theme song in our musical career.
I grew up watching much anime, so this opportunity to be in charge of a theme song was pure joy to me.
It is a wonderful piece of work. The complex feelings that make the characters very human drew us in, which helped the creation of the song go smoothly.
We tried to feel and understand each word, line, expression from "Sing 'Yesterday' for Me" in our own way to present this fascinating piece of work through music. I hope you will enjoy the show including the ending theme.
(C)Toume Kei/Shueisha・ Sing "Yesterday" for Me Production Committee
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
The 2nd PV footage from upcoming TV Anime "Itai no wa Iya nano de Bogyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu." shows the protagonist Maple jumping into the VRMMO "NewWorldOnline". In addition, a key visual showing all the main characters has been revealed.
The opening movie of TV animation "Keep Your Hands Off EIZOUKEN!" and the storyboard by Yuasa Masaaki have been released. The scene cuts of the original author, Owara Sumito, who worked on the ending movie himself, were also revealed, and both have become noteworthy.