Long Riders Cycling TV Anime's New Visual, October 8 Premiere Revealed
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the television anime series of Taishi Miyake's Long Riders cycling manga unveiled a new visual, and revealed the anime's October 8 premiere date on Friday. In addition, the anime's staff revealed a promotional video for the anime during this summer's Comic Market 90 (Comiket 90) event on Friday.
The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, BS11, and AT-X on October 8, and will begin streaming on the Bandai Channel on the same date.
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 Toyama as Ami Kurata
Hiromi Igarashi as Aoi Niigaki
Rumi Ookubo as Hinako Saijyo
Yurika Kurosawa as Yayoi Ichinose
Yoko 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. Ray will perform the opening theme song.
Miyake launched the manga in September 2012, and Ichijinsha shipped the seventh compiled volume on June 27. The volume's 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: Anime! Anime! (Kōsuke Obana)