Hidamari Sketch Cast Returns to Sing 4th Season's Opening

posted on by Egan Loo
6 actresses sing "Open Canvas," including Yuko Goto; Madoka Magica's Shinbo directs again at SHAFT

Saturday's TBS Anime Festa 2012 confirmed that the main voice actresses are returning to star in Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb, the fourth Hidamari television anime season, and they will once again perform the opening theme song. For the first time though, six of the voice actresses (instead of just four) will perform the new opening theme song "Open Canvas": Yuno (as voiced by Kana Asumi), Miyako (Kaori Mizuhashi), Hiro (Yuko Goto), Sae (Ryoko Shintani), Nazuna (Chiaki Omigawa), and Nori (Hitomi Harada).

By revealing that the main cast is returning, Saturday's event also confirmed that Goto is resuming voice-acting after her hospital stay this summer.

Akiyuki Shinbo (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is also coming back to direct at SHAFT along with another upcoming anime, January's [email protected]. Scriptwriter/assistant producer Miku Ooshima joins returning series script editor Nahoko Hasegawa as co-head writers, while character designer Yoshiaki Ito and musical composer Tomoki Kikuya will reprise their respective roles. The series director this time is Yuki Yase, an episode director on And Yet the Town Moves, Nisemonogatari, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Bandai Visual's music label Lantis already announced in June that the musical duo marble will perform the ending theme "Yume-Gumo," as they had done for the previous television series. (The song's title was first announced as "Yume ni Kaku Jibun.")

Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb will premiere on the terrestrial station TBS on October 4, followed by the premium channel BS-TBS on October 20.


Image © Ume Aoki/Houbunsha/Hidamari-sō Kanri Kumiai

Update: The Akiba Blog posted a piece of key visual art (pictured above) from the fourth season.

Update 2: Opening theme's title corrected. Thanks, fireaxe.

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