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Ao Haru Ride Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also: manga circulation exceeds 5.84 million copies

The June issue of Shueisha's Betsuma magazine is announcing on Tuesday that the 11th compiled volume of Io Sakisaka's Ao Haru Ride manga will bundle an original anime DVD. Future issues of the magazine will reveal more information on the anime's contents.

In addition, the magazine's next issue will also bundle a "Premium DVD volume 1," including a promotional video for Ao Haru Ride, as well as cast talks and drawings by Sakisaka.

A drama CD featuring the anime's cast was already slated for release with the limited edition of the 10th compiled volume of the manga on on May 23. Sakisaka wrote the original story in the drama CD. The CD will also have cast comments at the end of the CD.

According to the magazine, the manga currently has more than 5.84 million copies in print.

The television anime adaptation will premiere in July and will star:

Maaya Uchida (Noragami's Hiyori, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live's Wakana) as Futaba Yoshioka

Yuuki Kaji (Guilty Crown's Shu, Attack on Titan's Eren) as Kō Mabuchi

Ai Kayano (Nagi no Asukara's Chisaki, Guilty Crown's Inori) as Yūri Makita, Futaba's friend who likes Kō.

Mikako Komatsu (Nagi no Asukara's Miuna, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live's Ito) as Shūko Murao, a "lone wolf" who likes Tanaka-sensei.

Kenn (Samurai Flamenco's Anji, Hunter x Hunter's Phinks) as Aya Kominato, who loves events and is interested in Shūko.

Daisuke Hirakawa (The Familiar of Zero's Julio Cesare, Hozuki no Reitetsu's Momotaro) as Yōichi Tanaka

Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is directing the series at Production I.G. Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, Sunday Without God) is in charge of the scripts. CHICO with Honeyworks will perform the opening theme song, Fujifabric will perform the ending theme song, and Chelsy will perform an insert song.

Sakisaka began her Ao Haru Ride manga in the magazine in 2011, and Shueisha is shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan last month. The manga was also ranked as one of the top 20 shojo manga recommended by professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. Viz publishes Sakisaka's Strobe Edge manga in North America.

A live-action film adaptation is also slated for December.

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