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Funimation Licenses Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49-

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series to premiere on July 5

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has the streaming and home video rights for Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49-. The stream will premiere on Funimation's website on July 5 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Funimation describes the series:

These boys won't stop till they make it to the top! Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shōnen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and DAIKI will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!

Shōnen Hollywood is a television anime series inspired by Ikuyo Hashiguchi's mixed-media project Shōnen Hollywood and produced by anime studio ZEXCS (Diabolik Lovers, Cuticle Detective Inaba) and the music label Starchild Records. Shogakukan Bunko published Hashiguchi's original popular novel Shōnen Hollywood in July 2012. The Shōnen Hollywood project already inspired a popular live-action production that Hashiguchi also created.

Hashiguchi herself is in charge of the series scripts, and Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (Say, "I Love You".) is directing the anime. Kei Tsuchiya (Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. Yuka Hirama is the art director, and Tetsuji Hayashi is scoring the soundtrack.

The cast members Ryota Ohsaka (as Kakeru Kazama), Daiki Yamashita (as Kira Saeki), Tetsuya Kakihara (as Ikuma Amaki), Shōta Aoi (as DAIKI Tomii), and Kenshō Ono (as Shun Maiyama) are singing the opening theme song "Hello Sekai" (Hello World) as the titular group Shōnen Hollywood (pictured from left to right in the image below). The CD single for the song will go on sale on August 13 with the song "Eien never ever," as well as vocal-less versions of the songs.

Crunchyroll is also streaming the series in several countries outside of North America.

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