Sōma Saitō Cast as Taiyō Mukai in Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season Anime
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of the Ace of Diamond: Second Season TV anime announced on Tuesday that Sōma Saitō (Aldnoah.Zero's Yūtarō Tsumugi, Haikyu!!'s Tadashi Yamaguchi) will play the character Taiyō Mukai in the series. The announcement describes the character as "the ace of Teitō High School."
The new season premiered on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting on April 6 at 6:00 p.m., and it will air every Monday in the same time slot. Other channels will then run the new season, and Niconico and other services will also stream the anime. Crunchyroll announced last week that it will stream the series as it airs in Japan.
Crunchyroll describes the story:
I want to pitch to that mitt again... A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura's life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh. All the emotion and excitement of the popular baseball manga is at last coming to television in the form of an anime!
The story of Yūji Terajima's original manga begins with Eijun Sawamura (Ryota Ohsaka), a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki (Takahiro Sakurai). Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan's storied Kōshien championships through hard work and determination. The anime also stars Hiro Shimono as Norifumi Kawakami, Hiroki Touchi as Tesshin Kataoka, Masakazu Morita as Kōchirō Tanba, Nobuyuki Hiyama as Kyokuni Azuma, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shinji Kanemaru, Yumi Uchiyama as Rei Takashima.
Terajima launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2006, and the manga won the shōnen category of the 34th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2010.