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ReLIFE Anime Casts Noriaki Sugiyama, Himika Akaneya, Daisuke Namikawa

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Kensho Ono stars as a man who gets second chance at a high school life in July anime

The streamed Niconico Live program for the television anime of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga announced more cast members on Monday:

Himika Akaneya (PriPara's Laala) as Honoka Tamarai, the captain of the volleyball team. She has a spacey personality and is easy-going, but is extremely skilled at sports and has monster strength. She's the childhood friend of Inukai and Asaji, and they call her "Tama (-chan)."

Noriaki Sugiyama (Naruto Shippūden's Sasuke) as Akira Inukai, a young man with an unfriendly, blunt, but also honest personality. He's the kind of person to act before speaking. Tamarai and Asaji call him "Aki (-chan)."

Daisuke Namikawa (Hetalia's Italy) as Nobunaga Asaji, a kind and friendly young man. Is very skilled in athletics. Tamarai and Inukai call him "Nobu (-chan)."

As previously announced, the anime will star:

Kenshō Ono (Kuroko's Basketball's Kuroko, Magi's Hakuryū Ren) as Arata Kaizaki, who is 27 years old and unemployed. He quit his first company job in despair, and spends his days frustrated by the gap between him and his friends. He is selected for the ReLife experiment and chooses to go back to his third year of high school.

Ai Kayano (anohana's Menma, Your Lie in April's Nagi Aizato) as Chizuru Hishiro, a prodigy who has the best grades among the girls in her class. She's extremely bad at communication. She has a habit of immediately looking up anything she doesn't understand on the internet.

Ryohei Kimura as Ryō Yoake, a member of the ReLife research team, and the person in charge of Arata's experiment. He's always cheerful, but has a cunning personality. He takes the form of a high schooler and supports Arata as a classmate.

Haruka Tomatsu as Rena Kariu, a stoic tsundere who has good grades, sports prowess, and a competitive personality. However, she's never satisfied and is always aiming higher.

Yūma Uchida as Kazuomi Ōga, who looks flashy, but he has the best grades among the boys in his class. He has a pure side and is not interested in romance. He is not athletic.

Reina Ueda as An Onoya, a third year in Arata's class. She may be positive about everything she thinks about, but then she may not be thinking about anything.

Ono will be reprising his role of Arata Kaizaki in the stage play stage play this fall.

The manga's story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents' financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

Tomo Kosaka (episode animation director for Giant Killing, Yowamushi Pedal) is directing the anime, and Kazuho Hyodo (Himegoto, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, Big Windup!) and Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Princess Tutu, Big Windup!) are in charge of the series scripts. Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Servamp) is adapting Yayoiso's character designs for animation.

TMS Entertainment is producing the adaptation, and the "ReLIFE Kenkyūjo" (Laboratory) is the production committee.

The ReLIFE anime will premiere on Japanese television in July.

Yayoiso began her manga on the Comico free manga app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication in 2014. Taibundo released the manga's fifth compiled volume on February 12, and the physical compiled volumes have more than 1 million copies in print. Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English digitally.

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