Long Riders! Cycling TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Ray's Opening Theme
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for the television anime series of Taishi Miyake's Long Riders cycling manga began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The show's staff previously showed the video at this summer's Comic Market 90 (Comiket 90) event earlier on Friday. The video previews Ray's opening theme song "♡km/h."
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.
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.