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Prince of Stride Alternative TV Anime's Video Introduces Main Characters

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime of otome game about extreme sport debuts on January 5

The official website of Prince of Stride: Alternative, the television anime of Kadokawa's Prince of Stride otome game, began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Strider's High" by OxT.

Nana: A sound reverberates from two palms. Without a doubt, it signals a perfect relay. Why can I believe in this meeting? The thoughts connect and become the wind. That is the Stride of Hōnan Academy that I admire.
Riku: I'm Riku Yagami. Leave it to me! I'm good at any sport!
Takeru: I'm Takeru Fujiwara. We came to Hōnan to do Stride.
Hozumi: I'm Hozumi Kohinata, a second year. Pleased to meet you. I'm sorry, but we don't have the numbers to compete.
Heath: I'm the Stride club president, Heath Hasekura. Your destiny's just begun.
Ayumu: I'm Ayumu Kadowaki, a second year. Kadowaki, a mere promoted pawn and benchwarmer, and president of the shogi club.
Kyosuke: I don't have it in me to do Stride anymore.
Nana: I'm Nana Sakurai. I'm sure there are a lot of people like me who love Stride!
Riku: Prince of Stride: Alternative
Takeru: Premieres January 2016.

The anime will debut on AT-X on January 5 at 11:00 p.m. The show will then air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and BS11.

The previously revealed main cast, who are also returning from the game, includes:

Hônan High School:
Ryohei Kimura as Riku Yagami

Nobuhiko Okamoto as Takeru Fujiwara

Kana Hanazawa as Nana Sakurai

Kensho Ono as Hozumi Kohinata

Daisuke Ono as Heath Hasekura

Hiro Shimono as Ayumu Kadowaki

Junichi Suwabe as Kyōsuke Kuga

Ryotaro Okiayu as Yujiro Dan

Saisei High School:
Mamoru Miyano as Reiji Suwa

Daisuke Hirakawa as Shizuma Mayuzumi

Takuya Eguchi as Bantaro Chiyomatsu

Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Tasuku Senoo

Yūki Ono as Asuma Mayuzumi

Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Kaede Okumura

The rest of the cast includes:

Mihashi High School:

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kei Kamoda
Natsuki Hanae as Yu Kamoda
Kengo Kawanishi as Aoi Shima
Daiki Hamano as Hisato Harigaya
Taishi Murata as Takeshi Eifuku
Itaru Yamamoto as Nobuhiko Nagatsuka

Ichijōkan High School:

Daiki Yamashita as Yuri Himemiya
Kaito Ishikawa as Shiki Dozono
Yūsuke Kobayashi as Kaoru Shishibara
Hiromichi Tezuka as Kiyoto Washimi
Kengo Kawanishi as Arata Samejima
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tetsu Hachiya

Kakyôin High School:

Takahiro Sakurai as Tomoe Yagami
Tetsuya Kakihara as Amatsu Ida
Shōta Aoi as Toya Natsunagi
Ikuji Nose as Nampei Aoba
Ryota Ohsaka as Hajime Izumino
Natsuki Hanae as Ryo Izumino

Shūji Sogabe [FiFS] is credited with the original design works for the series. Kanako Nono [FiFS] is credited with the original character design, and Tomoyuki Uchikoga is credited with the original graphic design. Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, No Game, No Life, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) is directing the series at Mad House. Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!, Bunny Drop) is handling the series composition, and Kokunen Ou (Hanayamata) is adapting Nono's character designs for animation.

The unit "Galaxy Standard" made up of voice actors from the anime's Saisei High School Stride Club will perform the ending theme song "Be My Steady." The voice actors include: Mamoru Miyano, Daisuke Hirakawa, Takuya Eguchi, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yūki Ono, and Toshiyuki Toyonaga.

The original game revolves around "Stride," an extreme sport that involves six people on one team who run relay races through towns. Hōnan Academy and other schools compete to win eastern Japan's top Stride competition, "End of Summer."

The series revolves around a closed-down "Stride" club at Hōnan Academy. First-year high school students Takeru Fujiwara and Nana Sakurai attempt to restart the club, but they must recruit six members for the team. They ask Riku Yagami to join, but he turns them down by saying that Stride is the one thing he doesn't want to do. However, Takeru and Nana drag Riku into the clubroom to try to convince him.

Kadokawa Games released the game for the PlayStation Vita on July 30. The game franchise also includes a "visual novel series" (light novels with many illustrations) by various authors and a drama CD. Kadokawa released the fourth visual novel in the series on August 21.

Teruko Arai launched the Prince of Stride: Galaxy Rush manga side story in Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine on November 27.

Images © 2015 FiFS / Kadokawa, ASCII Media Works Kan / PSOA Production Committee

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