Bakuon!! Anime About High School Girls on Motorcycles Reveals More of Cast, Theme Songs
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the television anime of Mimana Orimoto's Bakuon!! manga revealed additional cast and details on the opening and ending themes for the anime on Friday.
The additional cast includes (from left to right):
- Unshou Ishizuka as Hayakawa, a super-butler who serves the Minowa family
- Yōko Hikasa as Tazuko, the principal of Okanoue Girls High School
- Shinichiro Miki as Rin's father, who rides a Yoshimura 1135R Katana
- Mitsuo Iwata as Onsa's father, proprietor of Nikoichi Motors
Other cast members, revealed without accompanying visuals of their respective characters, include:
- Kazusa Aranami as Saruyama-sensei, the motorcycle club's adviser who has bad luck with men
- Azusa Tadokoro as Yume Sakura, Hane's well-composed younger sister
Sayaka Sasaki will perform the opening theme "FEEL×ALIVE," while the four main cast members (Ueda, Tōyama, Yamaguchi, Uchiyama) will perform the ending theme "Buon, buon, Ride On!" The single CD for the opening theme will ship on April 27. The single CD for the ending theme will ship on May 11.
The official website also launched a browser mini-game, and updates and character roster additions are planned for it. Good Riders, a campaign to promote safe and responsible motorcycle riding, is collaborating with the anime.
The story revolves around high school girls who discover the appeal of motorcycles. Hane Sakura is a high school student who looks a little bit like an airhead. On the way to her all-female high school one day, she is worn-out climbing a hilly road with a bicycle, but she sees a girl named Onsa Amano who is riding a motorcycle. Sakura immediately becomes interested in motorcycles, and she and Onsa join the motorcycle club at the school. Then, Sakura sets out to get her license.
The site previously streamed a promotional video revealing the anime's main cast.
The cast is as follows:
Reina Ueda as protagonist Hane Sakura (her bike is a Honda CB400 SF)
Nao Toyama as Rin Suzunoki (her bike is a Suzuki GSX400S Katana)
Yumi Uchiyama as Onsa Amano (her bike is a Yamaha SEROW225W)
Rikako Yamaguchi as Hijiri Minowa (her bike is a Ducati 750SS)
The website revealed the character design for Raimu Kawasaki, but without listed cast (her bike is a Kawasaki ZX-12R):
The website currently features voice samples for the main cast, and also features an exhaustion noise sample for the five main characters' bikes.
Bakuon!! will also have a stage event at AnimeJapan in March, and all four main voice actresses will appear at the event.
Junji Nishimura (Simoun, Dog Days', GLASSLIP) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment, and Kurasumi Sunayama (Gunslinger Girl, Monster, Romeo × Juliet) is in charge of the series scripts. Isao Sugimoto (Sketchbook ~full color'S~, Girls und Panzer, Moonlight Mile) is designing the characters, while Manabu Nii (Samurai Flamenco, Karneval) is credited for sub-character design. Yoshio Mizumura (Lupin III: Seven Days Rhapsody, Yowamushi Pedal) and Yasuhiro Moriki (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Banner of the Stars, Silent Möbius: The Motion Picture) are credited for design works. Shunichiro Yoshihara (Yowamushi Pedal, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Garakowa -Restore the World-) is in charge of art direction. Takeshi Takadera (Initial D: Second Stage, Yowamushi Pedal) is handling sound direction, while Ryosuke Nakanishi (High School DxD, Sakura Trick, Love Stage!!) is composing the music.
The anime will premiere in April on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11, and other channels.
Aside from the television anime, an original anime DVD (OAD) bundled with the manga's seventh compiled book volume is slated for release on March 18, ahead of the TV anime's premiere. The limited-edition set will retail for 3,880 yen (about US$32).
Orimoto (Mahou Shoujo Neko X, Maid in Japan) launched the series in Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine in February 2011. Akita Shoten published the manga's sixth compiled book volume last May.