Irregular at Magic High School Ad Previews LiSA's Opening Song
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the television anime of Tsutomu Satou's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei (The irregular at magic high school) light novel series began streaming a new commercial on Sunday. The ad previews the opening theme song "Rising Hope" performed by LiSA.
A previous commercial featured the ending theme song "Millenario" by Elisa, while another one featured the music by composer Taku Iwasaki.
The anime's story takes place in a world in which magic is not a fairy tale, but has existed for nearly one hundred years. In the spring, the Private Magic University Affiliated High School (Magic High School for short) is welcoming its new students, and names the top incoming student with the best grades the Bloom (read as "garland" in Japanese). The student called the Weed is the Bloom's replacement.
Siblings Tatsuya (Yuichi Nakamura) and Miyuki Shiba (Saori Hayami) are designated as the Weed and Bloom, respectively. Tatsuya is a young man who always has a farsighted expression, and Miyuki is a young woman who feels far more for her brother than sibling love. Since the day the two entered the gates of the elite school, the establishment's peaceful days have become chaotic.
The voice cast includes:
Ryohei Kimura as Hattori Gyōbu
Junichi Suwabe as Katsuto Jūmonji
Takuma Terashima as Leonhart Saijō (Leo)
Yumi Uchiyama as Erika Chiba
Satomi Satou as Mizuki Shibata
Atsushi Tamaru as Mikihiko Yoshida
Sora Amamiya as Honoka Mitsui
Yuiko Tatsumi as Shizuku Kitayama
Kana Hanazawa as Mayumi Saegusa
Mai Nakahara as Suzune Ichihara
Saki Ogasawara as Azusa Nakajō
The website announced in January that LiSA will contribute the opening theme song. Both LiSA and ELISA will sing at a March 23 stage event at the Anime Japan convention. Voice cast members Yūichi Nakamura, Saori Hayami, Sora Amamiya, and Yuiko Tatsumi will also appear.
Manabu Ono (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Saki Episode of Side A) is directing the anime with assistant director Yuuji Kumazawa at the studio Madhouse. Original novel illustrator Kana Ishida is also handling the anime character designs with sub-character designer Maho Yoshikawa. The chief animation directors are Ishida, Maho Yoshikawa, and Shinichi Miyamae, while the action animation directors are Takashi Tomioka and Satoshi Iwataki.
Jimmy Stone and Izmojuki (Izumojūki/Junji Okubo) are the CAD and mechanic designers. Rie Ota (Kusanagi) is the art director with art designers Yoshihiro Ishimoto, Yūho Taniuchi, and Akihiro Hirasawa. Yukie Noguchi is the color key artist.
Shuhei Yabuta is the 3D director, and Yuuki Kawashita is the director of photography. Kashiko Kimura is editing. Taku Iwasaki (Black Butler, Gurren Lagann, Soul Eater) is scoring the music with sound direction by Satoshi Motoyama and sound effects by Tomoji Furuya.
The light novels have 3.15 million copies in print, and ranked as the third top-selling light novel series in Japan last year.
The anime series will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX TV and other stations April 4.
Images © 2013 Tsutomu Satou/Kadokawa ASCII Media Works/Irregular at Magic High School Production Committee