Clione no Akari TV Anime to Premiere on July 12
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) announced on Wednesday that the series will premiere on AT-X at 8:20 p.m. on July 12. It will also air on Tokyo MX Sun TV, Tochigi TV, RNB, RNC, Miyagi TV, and BS Fuji's Anime Guild.
Naoya Ishikawa's one-man animation studio Ishikawa Pro (Kuttsukiboshi, Magical Chocolate) is directing the anime at drop. Molice, Tsukasa, and Takeshi Onaka are handling the scenario alongside original author Natural-Rain. Natural-Rain also designed the characters. Kazuhiko Izu is directing the sound. Former SKE48 idol group member aki is performing the opening theme song "Clione no Akari," and is also singing the ending theme song "Sora o Tobu Kaze." Riko Sasaki is performing the insert song "Hyakunichi no Hana."
The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn't turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl's two school friends, Takashi and Kyōko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town ....
The anime's cast includes:
Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya
Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi
Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsukihashi
Riko Sasaki as Nanami Yukine
Riho Iida as Yuna Nagino
Aina Suzuki as Kaho Ichinose
Akari Kageyama as Sayaka Hama
Yūki Fujita as Gen Isozaki
Misaki Ōhashi as Kōsuke Okishima
Moa Tsukino as Shōta Sayama
Kana Aoi as Sakura Inoue
Natural-Rain started posting the original story online in 2004, and East Press published it in print in 2012. The app version ranked #9 among paid apps on the Apple Store.