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Sore ga Seiyū! Voice Acting Anime's 1st Promo Previews Animation

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Anime adapting manga by .hack// voice actress Asano, Hayate the Combat Butler creator Hata premieres this summer

The official website for the television anime adaptation of voice actress Masumi Asano (.hack// franchise' BlackRose, Hayate the Combat Butler's Risa) and manga creator Kenjirō Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler)'s Sore ga Seiyū! (That's a Voice Actor!) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the series on Tuesday.

Text: We will show you the backstage of the voice actors that it is always maturing!
Text: Original story - Masumi Asano x Original art - Kenjirō Hata
Title: Sore ga Seiyū!
Text: Futaba Ichinose - She doesn't know her own unique points! She's not spectacular, but she's the protagonist!
Text: Ichigo Moesaki - Her dream is to become an idol seiyu that sings and dances! Her real name is absolutely a secret!
Text: Rin Kohana - She debuted as a child actress at age 5! This is her 10th year in show business!

The website also unveiled the series staff. Hiroshi Ikehata (Robot Girls Z) will direct the anime at Gonzo (Rosario + Vampire, Dog & Scissors) with series composition by Michiko Yokote (.hack//GIFT, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo). Masakatsu Sasaki is designing the characters, and Yukari Hashimoto (Toradora!, Yuri Kuma Arashi) will compose the music.

The remainder of the staff is as follows:

Prop Design: Sayaka Takase
Art Design: Yukie Inose
Art Director: Tomohiro Ono
Color Design: Ritsuko Utagawa
Director of Photography: Koujiro Hayashi
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
Music Production: Evil Line Records

The website also unveiled a new key visual:

A production announcement conference will be held live over the Niconico website on April 28. The conference will officially announce the cast for the anime.

The meta tags in the anime's official website's source briefly listed the voice actresses Marika Kōno (Rin Kohana), Rie Takahashi (Futaba Ichinose), and Yuki Nagaku (Ichigo Moesaki) as keywords, but no longer does. Kōno retweeted the mention of her name in the source and noted that it will be her first series regular role, but then she removed her Twitter post.

The four-panel manga centers on Futaba Ichinose, Ichigo Moesaki, and Rin Kohana, three rookie voice actresses. The manga features small but humorous observations of the voice actor industry. The manga creator and voice actress duo Hajimemashite launched the manga at the winter Comiket event in 2011, and they have released new issues at Comiket events since then.

Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler manga already inspired the first Hayate the Combat Butler television anime (2007-2008) and its Hayate the Combat Butler!! follow-up (2009). The Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You) television anime aired in 2012, and the Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties television anime aired last year. The manga also inspired an anime film and two OVAs. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America.

Asano herself voiced the character of Risa Asakaze in the various anime adaptations of the Hayate the Combat Butler manga. Asano has worked on other various manga such as Partner, Hiyoko no Arukikata, and Uru wa Sorairo Majo. Her voice acting credits include Ikki Tousen's Hakufu Sonsaku, Blood-C's Yūka Amino, and The Pet Girl of Sakurasou's Ayano Iida, Yumeria's Mizuki Agatsuma, Zettai Karen Children's Oboro Kashiwagi, and the .hack// franchise's BlackRose, among many others.

[Via 0takomu]

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