Anime Spotlight - Prince of Stride Alternative

by Anthony Foronda,

Prince of Stride Alternative

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Broadcast Begins January 5, 2016 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
(No Game, No Life, Hanayamata)
Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto
(Haikyu!!, Silver Spoon)

Introduction

The truly awesome ones are only the ones that get serious. "Stride" is an extreme sport where teams of six dash through town, jump over obstacles, and race times against each other. Prince of Stride (planning, original story, design works: Shuji Sogabe [FiFS]) was a huge hit drawing out the lives of high school students enchanted by "Stride", and now an eagerly-awaited TV anime has been confirmed! "Prince of Stride Alternative", recreated for animation, will start airing in January 2016! The curtain on the story of dashing boys is about to rise!

Story

6 members, 5 runners and 1 relationer, create one team to dash through town, and race for the fastest times in the extreme sport "Stride".

"Stride" started as an extracurricular activity for high school, and was gaining popularity across the country. However, Honan High School Stride team was on the brink of being terminated. Takeru Fujiwara and Nana Sakurai, new first years that joined the Stride team, approach their classmate Riku Yagami in order to restart the Stride team. Riku declines Takeru and Nana's offer, saying "Stride" was the one thing he didn't want to do. However, Riku was dragged to the Stride teamhouse by the pair, and ends up having to run a match of Stride with whether or not to join the team on the line...

Characters

Riku Yagami
VA:Ryohei Kimura
Honan High School 1st year
174cm
58kg
blood type O
runner

Main character of "Prince of Stride Alternative". Always bright and cheerful, with an open personality that can make friends with anyone. Good at every sport, and can get to know anyone very quickly, but often conflicts with surly Takeru. Due to being invited by Takeru and Nana, he enters the Stride team...


Takeru Fujiwara
VA:Nobuhiko Okamoto
Honan High School 1st year
176cm
61kg
blood type A
runner

Always cool-headed and stoic. Interested in little other than Stride, and has been a famous Stride player since middle school. Reticent but passion for Stride is stronger than anyone else. Usually wears glasses, but wears contacts for physical activity.


Nana Sakurai
VA:Kana Hanazawa
Honan High School 1st year
155cm
46kg
relationer

Instantly drawn in by the runnings of Honan Stride team she saw on an internet video, she moves out from Hokkaido by herself to enter Honan High School. An honest hard worker who is self-assured. In the Stride team, her role is the relationer that is the control tower for the team.


Hozumi Kohinata
VA:Kensho Ono
Honan High School 2nd year
165cm
54kg
blood type AB
runner

Looks cute but has a good groove. Good friends with Ayumu and tosses about banter similar to a short play. Admirable and never without a smile, calls Hasekura "Heath-kun", and supported the team through the entire crisis of disbanding.


Heath Hasekura
VA:Daisuke Ono
Honan High School 3rd year
183cm
71kg
blood type O
runner
captain

Full of macho and a reliable personality. Half-blood with a British mother, and despite the handsome looks, his personality can be boorish at times. Feels something like destiny to Riku and company joining the team.


Ayumu Kadowaki
VA:Hiro Shimono
Honan High School 2nd year
170cm
60kg
blood type B
runner

Doubles as the Shogi club captain and member of the Stride team, and works to prevent both the club and the team from being terminated. A Stride fanatic that love reading Monthly Stride Magazine, and while his athletic skills are not as high as the other members, he is of strength to the team with immense knowledge and effort.


Kyosuke Kuga
VA:Junichi Suwabe
Honan High School 3rd year
186cm
74kg
blood type B
previous runner

Former member of the Stride team. Honan students fear him as a delinquent. Man of few words, a strange lone wolf full of mystery.


Yujiro Dan
VA:Ryotaro Okiayu
Honan High School teacher
180cm
69kg
blood type A
Stride Team counselor and coach

Homeroom teacher for Riku, Takeru, and Nana. Teaches modern Japanese. Cool, collected, and seemingly stern, his teachings are on point and passionate. Ever since he became the official coach of the Stride team, he has guided his team members. Always wears outfits made of jersey cotton.


Reiji Suwa
VA:Mamoru Miyano
Saisei High School 3rd year
178cm
65kg
blood type O
runner

Captain of the Saisei High School Stride team, and the leader/main vocalist for the idol group "GALAXY STANDARD". Soft-spoken and is confident enough to never be without a smile. Fond of Takeru Fujiwara's running, and as a rival he keeps Takeru in a corner of his mind.


Shizuma Mayuzumi
VA:Daisuke Hirakawa
Saisei High School 3rd year
184cm
62kg
blood type A
relationer

The relationer for the Saisei High School Stride team. Reiji's childhood friend, and is always at his side to support him. Acts as leader of the performers for "GALAXY STANDARD", and oversees the individualistic members of the team with a stern yet kind eye as the peacemaker.


Bantaro Chiyomatsu
VA:Takuya Eguchi
Saisei High School 3rd year
179cm/
60kg
blood type O
runner

The moodmaker for the team who believes having fun is first and foremost. Amiable to all humans, old and young, male and female. Has a talent to befriend anyone instantly. Mainly serves as a performer in "GALAXY STANDARD", and depending on the song, can also perform rap.


Tasuku Senoo
VA:Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Saisei High School 2nd year
181cm
71kg
blood type AB
runner

Very stern to self and to others, stoic, and never lets up on efforts to strengthen and upkeep a beautiful body. Outside of Reiji who he respects, he can be extremely cynical and cruel, speaking with a Kyoto dialect. In "GALAXY STANDARD" he is usually a performer, showing off his snappy dance moves.


Asuma Mayuzumi
VA:Yuki Ono
Saisei High School 2nd year
172cm
59kg
blood type B
runner

Bright and cheerful, and malevolent enough to not worry about details. Hobby is writing lyrics and composing. Sometimes works on songs for "GALAXY STANDARD". Doesn't look it but are brothers with Shizuma. In "GALAXY STANDARD" he is a performer, but depending on the song, he can either sing or rap as well.


Kaede Okumura
VA:Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Saisei High School 1st year
161cm
46kg
blood type B
runner

The only regular member of the team as a first year. Highly talented as a player. Has vocal skills miles above the rest, and serves as the main vocalist for "GALAXY STANDARD" next to Reiji. Polite and gentlemanly, but becomes so heated about his idol Kyosuke Kuga that he loses sight of everything around him.


Cast

Honan High School

Riku Yagami
Ryohei Kimura
Takeru Fujiwara
Nobuhiko Okamoto
Nana Sakurai
Kana Hanazawa
Hozumi Kohinata
Kensho Ono
Heath Hasekura
Daisuke Ono
Ayumu Kadowaki
Hiro Shimono
Kyosuke Kuga
Junichi Suwabe
Yujiro Dan
Ryotaro Okiayu

Saisei High School

Reiji Suwa
Mamoru Miyano
Shizuma Mayuzumi
Daisuke Hirakawa
Bantaro Chiyomatsu
Takuya Eguchi
Tasuku Senoo
Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Asuma Mayuzumi
Yuki Ono
Kaede Okumura
Toshiyuki Toyonaga

Mihashi High School

Kei Kamoda
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Yu Kamoda
Natsuki Hanae
Aoi Shima
Kengo Kawanishi
Hisato Harigaya
Daiki Hamano
Takeshi Eifuku
Taishi Murata
Nobuhiko Nagatsuka
Itaru Yamamoto

Ichijokan High School

Yuri Himemiya
Daiki Yamashita
Shiki Dozono
Kaito Ishikawa
Kaoru Shishibara
Yusuke Kobayashi
Kiyoto Washimi
Hiromichi Tezuka
Arata Samejima
Kengo Kawanishi
Tetsu Hachiya
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Kakyoin High School

Tomoe Yagami
Takahiro Sakurai
Amatsu Ida
Tetsuya Kakihara
Toya Natsunagi
Shota Aoi
Nampei Aoba
Ikuji Nose
Hajime Izumino
Ryota Osaka
Ryo Izumino
Natsuki Hanae

Staff

Original Story Design Works
Shuji Sogabe [FiFS] ("Prince of Stride" / Dengeki Girl'sStyle)
Original Story Character Design
Kanako Nono [FiFS]
Original Story Graphic Design
Tomoyuki Uchikoga
Director
Atsuko Ishizuka
Series Composition
Taku Kishimoto
Animation Character Design
Wang Guonian
Animation Production
MADHOUSE
Produced by
POSA PARTNERS

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