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Prison School TV Anime's Ad Previews Opening Song

posted on by Egan Loo
Akira Hiramoto's 'hellish prison life' story premieres on July 10

The official website for the television anime of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga began streaming a television commercial on Tuesday. The ad features the opening theme song "Ai no Prison" (Prison of Love) by Kangoku Danshi and notes the premiere date.

Text: Prison School
Text: "Ai no Prison" by Kangoku Danshi
Voice: 5 vs 1,016. It was a hellish prison life that awaited us at this school.
Text: It was a hellish prison life…
Voice: Prison School premieres in July 2015!
Text: Prison School premieres on Tokyo MX on July 10 at 25:05! Followed by KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, Sun TV, BS11, AT-X

North American publisher Yen Press licensed the manga for North America, and it describes the series:

Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?!

The anime's main cast is as follows:

Hiroshi Kamiya as Kyoshi

Katsuyuki Konishi as Gakuto

Kenichi Suzumura as Shingo

Daisuke Namikawa as Joe

Kazuyuki Okitsu as Reiji "Andre" Andō

Sayaka Ōhara as Mari (President)

Shizuka Itou as Meiko (Vice President)

Kana Hanazawa as Hana (Secretary)

Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Shirobako) is helming the project at J.C. Staff, working off of scripts supervised by Michiko Yokote (Valkyria Chronicles, Shirobako). Junichirō Taniguchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) designed the characters, and is also serving as chief animation director.

NARASAKI composed the show's opening theme song "Ai no Prison" with lyrics by Kenji Ohtsuki, while Ryuji Takagi composed the ending theme song "Tsumibukaki Oretachi no Sanka" with lyrics by Kiyomi Kumano. The five main male cast members are singing both songs under the group name "Kangoku Danshi" (Prison Boys).

Hiramoto launched the manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine in February 2011, and Kodansha published the 17th volume on June 5. The manga won the Best General Manga award alongside Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni manga at Kodansha's 37th Annual Manga Awards in 2013. The wraparound band on the 16th volume noted last month that the manga has more than 4 million copies in circulation.

Hiramoto's Ago Nashi Gen to Ore Monogatari manga inspired a mobile phone anime in 2010. Hiramoto's Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari manga inspired a live-action film in 2011. Hiramoto also wrote the award-winning supernatural drama manga Me and the Devil Blues, which Del Rey published in North America.

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