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Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime Reveals Cast of Nozomi's Rivals, October 6 Premiere

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Hip Whip Girl aquatic sports anime casts Rie Takahashi, Hibiku Yamamura, Rena Maeda

This year's 41st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing additional cast members and the October 6 premiere date for the television anime of Daichi Sorayomi's aquatic sports manga Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) on Wednesday.

The additional cast members for Nozomi's elite class rivals are:

  • Rena Maeda (Hunter × Hunter's Machi, Parasyte -the maxim-'s Akiho Suzuki, Momokuri's Rio Sakaki) as Hanabi Kawai, who ranked #1 in the entrance exam
  • Hibiku Yamamura (Arata the Legend's Kikuri/Hime-Ou, Robot Girls Z's Belgas V5, Kiznaiver's Noriko Sonozaki) as Mio Kusakai, who ranked #2 in the entrance exam
  • Rie Takahashi (Captain Earth's Ayana Aizawa, Maho Girls Precure's Mirai Asahina, Alderamin on the Sky's Nanaku Daru) as Rin Rokudō

The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, and AT-X on October 6.

The anime will star (clockwise from bottom):

  • Lynn (High School Fleet's Mashiro Munetani, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle's Liesharte Atismata) as Nozomi Kaminashi
  • Kaede Hondo (Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama's Kokoro Yotsuba, Magical Somera-chan's Kukuru Nonomoto) as Kazane Aoba
  • Saori Ōnishi (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend's Eriri Spencer Sawamura, Mikagura School Suite's Seisa Mikagura) as Non Toyoguchi
  • M.A.O (Kuromukuro's Yukina Shirahane, And you thought there is never a girl online?'s Kyō Goshōin) as Sayaka Miyata

The anime's official website previously streamed a promotional video for the anime last month.

Hideya Takahashi (Fantasista Stella director, Fafner EXODUS episode director) is directing the anime at Xebec, and Takao Kato (To Love-Ru, Triage X director) is in charge of series composition. Keiya Nakano (AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky) is in charge of character designs. AiRI is performing the opening theme song "DREAMxSCRAMBLE!" Lynn, M.A.O, Kaede Hondo, and Saori Ōnishi are performing the ending theme song "Fantas/HIP Girlfriends!"

The manga takes place in an alternate Japan where a sport called "Keijo" by law in 2003 became a sport alongside horse racing, boat racing, and cycling that allows for gambling. In the sport, contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and must use their butts and chests to fight against each other to push each other off the platform. Nozomi Kaminashi, a high school student, aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo. The manga's first chapter is available online for free.

Sorayomi launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2013, and Shogakukan published the 11th compiled volume on June 17. The 12th volume will ship on September 16.

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