Bananya TV Anime Casts Ayumu Murase, Reveals July 4 Premiere
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The staff of the Bananya short television anime adapting Q-Lia's Bananya banana cat mascot character revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere on TV Saitama on July 4 at 8:55 p.m., and on Sun TV on July 9 at 2:55 p.m, with five minutes per episode. The staff also unveiled a new visual for the anime.
In addition, the staff revealed that it has added Ayumu Murase (Wolf Girl & Black Prince's Yū Kusakabe, Haikyu!!'s Shōyō Hinata) to the cast as Torabananya, and other voice roles. Torbananya is a sore loser who sees himself as Bananya's rival.
The anime's official website revealed last month that Yoshikazu Ebisu has been cast as the anime's narrator.
Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren Jaeger) will play the titular character.
Kyō Yatate (Sockie's Frontier Quest) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment and Gathering. Yatate is also scripting and producing the anime alongside Masahiro Takata (Super Seisyun Brothers director, scriptwriter). Jun Mita (Mobile Suit Gundam-san) is serving as animation director, Kōichi Yokojin is the director of photography, and Nobuyuki Abe (Ai no Kusabi remake) is the sound director.
Q-Lia launched its previously announced crowdfunding campaign for the anime on March 25. The backer rewards include Bananya merchandise that will only be made available during the crowdfunding campaign, including: mugs, thank you messages, charms, postcards, tin badges, body pillows, photo clocks, blankets, hand and bath towels, the backer's name in the credits, and the backer's name in an episode end card. The campaign seeks to raise 3 million yen (about US$27,605). As of press time, it has raised 396,000 yen (about US$3,629). The campaign will end on June 22.
Q-Lia launched the Bananya mascot character last year. Another Q-Lia mascot character, Shizuku-chan, previously received three television anime adaptations, including Pururun! Shizuku-chan in 2006, Pururun! Shizuku-chan Aha in 2007, and Picchipichi Shizuku-chan in 2012.