AŌP Performs Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Anime Opening Theme
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for the upcoming television anime of Noriyuki Matsumoto's Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu (Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club) manga announced on Friday that idol unit AŌP (Mr. Osomatsu, Time Travel Girl) is performing the anime's opening theme song "Jitensha ni Hana wa Mau" (Flower Dances With Bike). The single will launch on March 1, 2017.
In addition, the website announced that the series will premiere on Friday, January 6 at 12:00 a.m. at night (effectively Saturday morning) on AT-X. The series will also air on TV Osaka, TV Kanagawa, and TV Aichi.
The anime's cast includes:
- Reina Ueda as Hiromi Maiharu
- Yūki Hirose as Tomoe Akitsuki
- Natsumi Fujiwara as Natsumi Higa
- Natsumi Takamori as Fuyune Kamikura
- Sayumi Watabe as Shiki Mori
- Emiko Takeuchi as Sandy McDougal
- Yurika Kubo as Korone Hōōji
- Yui Fukuo as Yuika Akitsuki
Susumu Kudo (Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, Dear Boys) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff and ACGT, and Kurasumi Sunayama (Bakuon!!, scripts on Yowamushi Pedal) is writing the script. Ryoichi Oki (Potemayo, Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise) is both the character designer and chief animation director. Chikako Shibata (Honey and Clover, Toradora!) is credited for background art, while Tomonori Kuroda (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) is the art director. Rumiko Suzuki (Gakkyū-ō Yamazaki) is in charge of color design. Yutaka Kurosawa (Golden Time, Love Stage!!) is director of photography.
The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling.
Matsumoto launched the manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade magazine in 2011, and the eighth compiled volume shipped in Japan on April 9. The series inspired a drama CD and original song that shipped with the second volume. Matsumoto previously drew the illustrations in the Mini-Skirt Uchū Kaizoku (Mini-Skirt Space Pirates) light novel series that inspired the Bodacious Space Pirates television anime.