Girls & Panzer's Actas to Animate Long Riders Cycling Anime
posted on by Karen Ressler
The anime will air as a half-hour show in fall 2016.
Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume, Yatterman Night, Muromi-san) will direct the anime, while Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Yuyushiki, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) will be in charge of series composition. Jiemon Futsuzawa (Psycho-Pass 2 episode animation director) will design the characters.
The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in love with it, and uses all her savings to buy one. She eventually gets introduced to the world of long-distance bicycling and road racer bikes, and she forms a cycling team called Fortuna with four other female college students from the same school. Their goal is to ride in a "brevet" or long-distance event called "Fresh."
The anime's main cast includes:
Nao Toyama as Ami Kurata
Hiromi Igarashi as Aoi Niigaki
Rumi Ookubo as Hinako Saijyo
Yurika Kurosawa as Yayoi Ichinose
Yoko Hikasa as Saki Takamiya
Miyake launched the manga in September 2012, and Ichijinsha shipped the sixth compiled volume on December 26. The special bundled edition included a "Video Riders" DVD featuring the voice actresses from the anime.
The manga has already inspired two "Touring Guide" books, a radio show, a TV Riders! television program on Tokyo MX TV, and an image song (seen below) by ChouCho titled "Starting up." Special editions of previous volumes of the manga also bundled sound dramas.