Natsuki Hanae Leads Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso TV Anime's Cast as Kōsei
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is announcing on July 5 that Natsuki Hanae (Nagi no Asukara, Tari Tari) will lead the cast of the television anime adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April is Your Lie) manga as Kōsei Arima. According to Hanae, he first read the manga when he received the offer for the audition, and was attracted to the original work's theme of music.
In addition, the magazine is listing that the voices of Kaori, Tsubaki, and Watari will be announced at the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso cast announcement conference that will be held live over Nico Nico on July 17. Additionally, a new promotional video with voices will also debut at the same conference.
Kyōhei Ishiguro (Fairy Tail, Psycho-Pass episode director) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures off scripts by Takao Yoshioka (High School DxD, Watamote). Yukiko Aikei (Accel World, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Masaru Yokoyama (Queen's Blade, Freezing Vibration) is composing the music, while Jin Aketagawa (High School DxD, AnoHana) is sound director.
The manga debuted in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and the eighth compiled volume shipped in Japan this past January. The series won the Best Shōnen Manga category in Kodansha's 37th Annual Manga Awards last year.
Kōsei Arima is a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain color when he meets a female violinist by chance. Kaori Miyazono is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kōsei starts to move forward with his own legs at the age of 14.
Images © Naoshi Arakawa・Kodansha/Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Production Committee