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Ray to Sing Long Riders Cycling TV Anime's Opening Theme

posted on by Egan Loo
Anime of Taishi Miyake's manga about 5 female long-distance cyclists debuts in October

The website for the television anime series of Taishi Miyake's Long Riders! cycling manga confirmed on Saturday that the singer Ray will perform the opening theme song. Ray has previously performed theme songs for Waiting in the Summer, Wakaba Girl, To Love Ru: Darkness, Amnesia, A Lull in the Sea, and AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue.

The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in love with it, and uses all her savings to buy one. She eventually gets introduced to the world of long-distance bicycling and road racer bikes, and she forms a cycling team called Fortuna with four other female college students from the same school. Their goal is to ride in a "brevet" or long-distance event called "Fresh."

The anime's main cast returning from the drama CDs includes:

Nao Tōyama as Ami Kurata

Hiromi Igarashi as Aoi Niigaki

Rumi Ookubo as Hinako Saijyo

Yurika Kurosawa as Yayoi Ichinose

Yōko Hikasa as Saki Takamiya

Actas (Girls und Panzer, Moetan) is handling the animation production for the anime adaptation. Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume, Yatterman Night, Muromi-san) is directing the anime, while Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Yuyushiki, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) is in charge of series composition. Jiemon Futsuzawa (Psycho-Pass 2 episode animation director) is designing the characters.

Miyake launched the manga in September 2012, and Ichijinsha shipped the sixth compiled volume on December 26. The special bundled edition included a "Video Riders" DVD featuring the voice actresses from the anime. Ichijinsha shipped the seventh compiled volume on June 27, and the limited edition featured a sound drama and a radio program.

The manga has already inspired two "Touring Guide" books, a radio show, a TV Riders! television program on Tokyo MX TV, and an image song by ChouCho titled "Starting up." Special editions of the manga volumes have bundled sound dramas.

Source: MoCa News

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