Whistle! Soccer Anime Gets 'Voice Remake' With New Cast in 2017
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Marvelous announced on Wednesday that the 2002 television anime of Daisuke Higuchi's Whistle! soccer manga is getting a "voice remake" in 2017 to celebrate the anime's 15th anniversary. Marvelous posted a promotional video previewing the 2017 version's new voice cast, as well as the opening theme song "DOUBLE WIND" performed by Yushio. (Minako Komukai originally performed the song in 2002.) The video features the original footage from the 2002 anime adaptation.
The new cast includes:
- Shun Horie as Shō Kazamatsuri
- Shinnosuke Tachibana as Tatsuya Mizuno
- Ryōsuke Kanemoto as Shigeki Satō
- Takuya Eguchi as Daichi Fuwa
The announcement did not specifically mention the distribution method for the anime, but used the Japanese term haishin, which is often used for streaming.
Whistle! centers on Sho Kazamatsuri, a boy who wants to play soccer, but is prohibited by his short stature. He transfers to a different school, hoping to join a soccer team with a different point of view. There, he hones his skills and struggles to earn acceptance to the soccer team while dealing with his height disadvantage.
Higuchi serialized the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1998 to 2002. Shueisha released 24 compiled book volumes for the series. Viz Media released all 24 volumes in English from 2004 to 2010, and released the manga digitally from 2013 to 2014. Higuchi is launching a new Whistle! manga series on September 26 with new protagonists. Manga ONE, the app for Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday, began reserializing the Whistle! manga in April.
A stage play is running from Wednesday, August 31 to September 8 in Tokyo.