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Shiina Natsukawa Stars in Hai-Furi TV Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Schoolgirl trains to protect the seas in April show by Non Non Biyori's writer, artist

The official website for the Hai-Furi television anime series announced on Tuesday that Shiina Natsukawa will lead the voice cast as the heroine Akeno Misaki. Natsukawa is a member of the group TrySail, which is performing the opening theme song. She will appear at the April 2 preview screening of the anime's first episode.

Akeno is a foward-looking, big-hearted girl. She enjoys canoeing, curry, and pudding, but not raw oysters. Her best school subject is Japanese, and her worst is math. She is 152 centimeters (about 5 feet) tall, and she was born on July 20 (astrological sign Cancer) in Nagano Prefecture with blood type B.

The website will reveal a new voice cast member every day this month.

The anime's site describes the story:

"In the sea we live, the sea we protect, and by the sea we go ... Blue Mermaids!"

Japan, 100 years after plate subductions caused many other countries to be submerged.

To save the remaining countries, the coastal cities that had been built up were launched into the seas, and the seaborne routes between them expanded. With this expansion, a need for personnel that could safeguard the seas arose.

Women began to seek employment in this new industry, and soon, the "Blue Mermaids," those who keep the sea safe, began to be a source of admiration for many.

The childhood friends Akeno Misaki and Moeka China sought to become Blue Mermaids themselves, and together with others who shared their dream, they enrolled in Yokosuka's Marine High School.

Text: We're gonna be Blue Mermaids no matter what!
Text: Akeno "Mike-chan" Misaki
Text: China "Moka-chan" Moeka
Text: Kōko "Koko-chan" Nosa
Text: Mashiro "Shiro-chan" Munetani
Text: Mei "Mei-chan" Irizaki
Text: Rin "Rin-chan" Shiretoko
Text: Shima "Tama-chan" Tateishi
Text: Maritime Safety Maintenance Bureau's Yokosuka Girls' Marine School
Text: 21st Class Entrance Ceremony
Text: Hai-Furi
Text: Starts airing in April 2016 on BS11, Tokyo MX, and other stations!

The site also revealed the following characters:

Moeka China

Mashiro Munetani

Hiromi Kuroki

Maron Yanagiwara

Mikan Irako

Homare Kinesaki

Akane Kinesaki

Hime Wazumi

Momo Aoki

Ritsuko Matsunaga

Kayoko Himeji

Hikari Ogasawara

Michiru Takeda

Junko Heki

Rin Shiretoko

Tsugumi Yagi

Megumi Uda

Shima Tateishi

Mei Irizaki

Kōko Nosa

Kaede Marikōji

Machiko Noma

Yuu Nobuta (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2, Blade & Soul episode director) is directing the series at Production IMS. Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) is handling series composition, and Atto (Non Non Biyori) is drawing more than 30 original character designs for the series. Naoto Nakamura (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Haganai) is serving as the character designer and chief animation director. Takaaki Suzuki (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches, Upotte!! military history adviser) is credited with the original work for the series. Graphinica is credited for the show's CG graphics, photography, and editing.

The rest of the staff includes:

Voice actress group TrySail is performing the opening theme song "High Free Spirits." Luna Haruna is performing the show's ending theme song "Ripple Effect."

The series will premiere on April 9 at midnight on BS11 and Tokyo MX. The series will also air on Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting.

Source: Moca News

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