Kenji Akabane, Kouki Miyata, Atsushi Tamaru, Junichi Suwabe, Ryohei Kimura Lead Meganebu! Anime Cast
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The cast for the Meganebu! (literally, "Eyeglasses Club") anime was revealed on Friday's live-streamed unveiling of the anime production on the Niconico Live service. Profiles for the anime's characters were also unveiled when the website opened on Wednesday:
Kenji Akabane plays Akira Sōma, the 17-year old club president and founder of the eyeglasses club. He categorizes all of humanity into three groups: "glasses," "those who don't wear glasses," and "the ladies." He scolds those who wears contacts, going around and calling them "weaklings!!" There are many times when he, the passionate boy that he is, would argue with his fellow club-mates about glasses. His favorite kind of glasses are ones with square frames, and both of his eyes have 0.03 vision (in the Japanese eyeglasses prescription notation).
Kouki Miyata plays Mitsuki Kamatani, a 16-year old cute little brother-type character who adores Akira. He entered the eyeglasses club because he wanted to help his beloved upperclassman. Due to his extreme amount of respect, he sometimes has a split personality. He works very hard because he wants Akira to rely on him. When he first entered the school, he had uncool glasses, but he bought his new glasses with Akira. His favorite type of glasses are under-rim cel frames, and his vision is 0.08 in his left eye, and 0.4 in his right.
Atsushi Tamaru plays Takuma Hachimine, a 17-year old slow-paced, spacey boy who does not do much of anything, even when he is in the club room. He seems like a prince who would be good at studies, but in fact, he is lacking in sense. However, he treasures his friends even more than himself. His favorite kind of glasses are Wellington cel frames, and his vision is 0.2 in his left eye, and 0.4 in his right eye.
Junichi Suwabe plays Yukiya Minabe, a 17-year old mysterious shy boy who spends most of his time indoors. A childhood friend of Akira, he is very wise because he looks up things immediately on his "yPad," but because he has no actual experience in many things, he is often considered sheltered. He never misses having at least one hour of nap time a day. Yukiya's favorite kind of glasses are metal top-rimmed glasses, and his vision is 0.01 in both eyes.
Ryohei Kimura plays Hayato Kimata, a 16-year old student and the bright mood-maker of the club. He is the only member of the club who wears glasses only for show. Because his eyesight was too good, he was refused entry into the club at first by Akira, but after asking again and again, he was finally accepted. Many of the members of the club think him annoying due to his nature to seek attention, but since he gets his way in the end, he doesn't mind at all. His favorite glasses are ones with oval-square cel frames, and he has 2.0 vision in both eyes.
The official website for the series also revealed on Friday that the project is also getting two manga adaptations. The main manga adaptation will run in Ichijinsha's Zero-Sum Online web magazine starting this fall. Kanta Mogi will be drawing the manga.
The other manga will be a spinoff and will run in Fujimi Shobo's new online shojo magazine Millefeui starting this fall. Dōjinshi artist Nemu Kanzaki will draw the series. More details will be revealed in the magazine's "issue 0," which will be out in the beginning of August.
Studio DEEN will be animating the project about a group of "ikemegane" (handsome eyeglasses-wearing) high school boys. Independent director Soubi Yamamoto (This Boy Can Fight Aliens!, This Boy Caught a Merman) is making her television anime directorial debut with Meganebu!, Atsuko Nakajima (Hakuōki, Ranma ½) is designing the characters, and Deco Akao (Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge, Arakawa Under the Bridge) is supervising the series scripts.
The anime was announced last month and is based off a drama CD series starring a different voice cast, including Shinnosuke Tachibana, Takahiro Mizushima, Takashi Kondou, Masakazu Morita, Daisuke Namikawa, and Go Inoue.
The television anime will premiere this October.
Images © 2013 Meganebu! Project/Meganebu! Film Partners
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