Ai Kayano Joins School-Live/Gakkō Gurashi! Anime's Cast

posted on by Daryl Lee Hale
Series starring Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa, M.A.O to premiere on July 9

The July issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is revealing on Saturday that Ai Kayano (Say "I love you."'s Mei Tachibana, Girls und Panzer's Saori Takebe) will join the cast of the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) TV anime as the character Megumi Sakura (nicknamed Megu-nee, pictured top left in image below).

The magazine is also revealing that the show will premiere on July 9 in Japan.

The rest of the main cast includes:

  • Inori Minase as Yuki Takeya (pictured bottom left)
  • Ari Ozawa as Kurumi Ebisuzawa (pictured bottom right)
  • M.A.O as Yūri "Rii-san" Wakasa (pictured top center)
  • Rie Takahashi as Miki "Mii-kun" Naoki (pictured top right)

The anime is based on Norimitsu Kaihō (Nitroplus) and Sadoru Chiba's Gakkō Gurashi! (School-Live!) manga, which began in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine in 2012. Houbunsha shipped the fourth compiled volume of the series in Japan on July 11, and shipped the fifth compiled volume on March 12.

Masaomi Ando (White Album 2) is directing the anime at Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Carnival Phantasm). Nitroplus is credited with producing the scripts. The original manga's writer, Norimitsu Kaihō (Gunslinger Stratos) is in charge of the series scripts, while Haruko Iizuka (Little Busters!, Tamayura) is designing the characters.

The story of the manga revolves around girls who decide to stay over at school: the energetic Yuki Takeya, the shovel-loving Kurumi, spacey school adviser Megu, level-headed underclassman Mii-kun, and Rii-san, who brings everyone together. However, through mysterious circumstances, the girls find themselves the final survivors in a zombie attack, and continue to live at the school.

Yen Press announced earlier this month that it licensed the manga for release in North America. The first volume is set to ship in November.

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