Haruchika Mystery Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Sarah Emi Bridcutt
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Sōma Saitō as Haruta Kamijō, a first-year high school student. He is Chika's childhood friend. He is a horn player who has a perfect outward appearance and a clear mind. He worries about the love triangle he is in with Chika.
Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Chika Homura, a first-year high school student. She is a flute player and a member of the wind instrument club whose dream is to go to the "Koshien" of high school wind music competitions, the "Fumonkan." She is worried about the love triangle she is in with Haruta.
Masakazu Hashimoto (Tari Tari, Soul Eater Not! Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva) is directing the HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru anime at P.A. Works. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman., K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal, Tamako Market) is handling the series composition, Namaniku ATK (Chaika - The Coffin Princess) is in charge of the original character design, and Asako Nishida (Love Live! School idol project, Vampire Knight, Angel Links) is adapting those designs for animation.
Yurie Oohigashi is serving as chief animation director, and Noboru Sugimitsu is directing the instrument-playing animation. Ayumi Satō is the art director with Katsue Inoue as color key artist. Yōhei Hirata is directing the CG, and Satoshi Namiki is director of photography. Ayumu Takahashi is editing.
Satoki Iida is directing the sound at Glovision, and Katsuhiro Nakano is handling sound effects. Shiroh Hamaguchi (Ah! My Goddess, One Piece, Sakura Wars) is composing the music with producer Terunari Yoshie at Lantis.
The HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru anime will premiere next January.
The original novels revolve around two high school students named Haruta and Chika, who are members of a wind instrument club that is on the verge of being shut down. The two are childhood friends, and they spend their days practicing hard while also trying to recruit new members. When a certain incident happens within their school, they work together to solve it.
Hatsuno released the first novel in the series in 2008, and Kadokawa published the fourth novel in 2012. Kadokawa plans to release a new novel titled Wakusei Karon (Planet Karon) this summer.