Seiren Original Anime Unveils 1st Promo Video, Omnibus Format
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for Kisai Takayama's original anime series Seiren updated with the first promotional video, story details, theme song performers, air dates, promotional manga, and male cast members on Friday.
Like Amagami SS, the anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines. The three planned story arcs will focus on Hikari Tsuneki, Tōru Miyamae, and Kyouko Touno. The love stories take place in the summer of the main characters' second year of high school. The protagonist Shōichi is anxious about growing up, and his homeroom teacher calls him to talk about his career plans. Shōichi meets various girls and heads to an unknown future.
Hanako Oku, the singer/songwriter who performed the theme song for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, will perform the opening theme song "Kimi no Hana" (Your Flower). Each of the voice actresses for the three the main heroines will perform an ending theme song. Ayane Sakura's ending song "Shunkan Happening" (Moment Happening) will ship on CD on January 25, followed by Shino Shimoji and Juri Kimura's as-yet-untitled themes on February 22 and March 15, respectively.
The anime will premiere at night on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:28 a.m. (effectively Friday morning) on TBS, and also air on Sun TV and BS-TBS. An advance screening of the first episode will be held in Tokyo on December 29 along with a cast talk and theme song performance by Oku.
The website posted a two-page promotional manga titled "Amagami Chara ni Yoru Seiren Interview: Hikari Tsuneki-hen," the first of a series that will introduce the three Seiren heroines in a crossover with Amagami. Piaisai illustrated the manga, and will also draw another introductory manga crossover titled Seiren Chara ni Yoru Amagami Challenge! on Famitsu's Comic Clear website beginning on December 9 and serializing every other week.
The newly announced cast members are:
Ryōta Asari as Ikuo Nanasaki, Shōichi's childhood friend from elementary school. He was mischievous in elementary school, but thanks to his older sister he is now quiet and composed. He gets good grades.
The previously announced female cast includes:
Ayane Sakura as Hikari Tsuneki, a "modern day meddling princess." She is always cheerful and is the class idol of class 2-B at Teruhi Higashi High School. She was the runner-up of last year's "Miss Santa Contest," and has an exclusive seat on the terrace. She loves to eat, and is occasionally stubborn.
Shino Shimoji as Tōru Miyamae, a "critical upperclassman." She is in class 3-A at Teruhi Higashi High School. She loves video games, and her skill is at the level where she competes in tournaments. She is good with her hands and her hobby is to make original goods. She isn't very good at talking to others, and has a hard time continuing conversations with people who don't share her hobbies.
Juri Kimura as Kyouko Touno, a "childhood friend who acts like a student at a girls' middle school." She has been the childhood friend of the protagonist since kindergarten, and they used to play together at a park at the top of the hill. She is an honor student in class 1-A who has excellent grades. On the other hand, she also loves shōjo manga and can also act a bit childish, and has a complex about the two sides of herself.
Shiori Izawa as Miu Hiyama, an "elite girls' high school swimming club member." She is in class 2-D at Sakuragawa Higashi Girls' High School, a high-class school. She is ignorant of the ways of the world. She has always attended a girls' school, so she is jealous of those who go to co-ed schools.
Shiori Mikami as Makoto Kamizaki. She in class 1-A at Teruhi Higashi High School, and is a member of the public morals committee. She is extremely timid and weak to pressure, so while she is supposed to be cautioning others about public morals, she ends up bundling her thoughts in. She adores her older sister.
Honoka Kuroki as Ruise Sanjō, the "gloomy public morals committee member" who is in class 2-A at Teruhi Higashi High School. As the chair of the public morals committee, she has the top grades in her year. She hates unreasonable things. She is strict to those around her, but has a soft spot for her underclassman Makoto.
Manami Numakura as Tomoe Kamita, the protagonist's only older sister and in class 3-A at Teruhi Higashi High School. She was last year's Miss Santa. She has the personality of an air-headed idol, and she naturally charms others. Because of that she's very popular at her school.
Takayama is credited with the original work, series composition, and original character designs for the series. Tomoki Kobayashi (Akame ga KILL!, Rozen Maiden) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. Naoto Hosoda (Jinki:Extend, Nagasarete Airantou) is adapting Kobayashi's designs for animation, Satoshi Motoyama (One Week Friends, Little Busters!) is the sound director at Dax Production, and Nobuaki Nobusawa (Dagashi Kashi, Lord Marksman and Vanadis) is composing the music at Pony Canyon.
Takayama is a character designer who has worked on Enterbrain's visual novels, such as True Love Story ~ Summer Days, and yet..., KimiKiss, and Amagami. True Love Story ~ Summer Days, and yet... received a three-episode original video anime project in 2003. KimiKiss inspired a television anime titled Kimikiss pure rouge in 2007. Amagami spawned two television anime titled Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Thanks to Joe Maskara for the news tip.