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Wake Up, Girls! Gets New TV Anime With New Staff, Added Characters in 2017

posted on 2016-12-11 08:45 EST by Egan Loo
Director Shin Itagaki at Millepensee replacing Yutaka Yamamoto at Ordet

The "Wake Up, Girls! Festa 2016 Super Live" event announced on Sunday that production on a new Wake Up, Girls! television anime has been green-lit for broadcast next year. The event showed a teaser trailer with new character designs and a new visual from Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter or Arc). The teaser visual features Mayu Shimada and the six other main characters who have the same original voice cast, but with new designs.

Shin Itagaki (Wake Up, Girls! episode 10 storyboards, Teekyu) is replacing Yutaka Yamamoto as the director of the new anime, and Miyuki Sugawara is replacing Sunao Chikaoka as the character designer, although Chikaoka is still credited for the original character designs. Similarly, Millepensee is replacing Ordet as the main animation studio. Satoru Kousaki and monaca are returning to compose the music at DIVE II Entertainment, and the original story and scripts are credited to "Green Leaves."

The new anime will feature the previous Wake Up, Girls! group members, but it will also add new characters. The project is holding a "Wake Up, Girls! Audition" before the anime to cast the new characters. The audition announcement includes the silhouettes of three characters (pictured right).

In the story of the original anime, Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl…

The television anime premiered in Japan in January 2014 along with a limited theatrical run. Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan alongside the Chinese media services Tudou and Youku. Two sequel films, Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage and Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, opened on September 25 and December 11, respectively. Additionally, an original net anime spinoff titled Wake Up, Girl Zoo! premiered in 2014. Crunchyroll also streamed that spinoff series.

Sentai Filmworks released the original movie on home video on June 7, and also released the television anime series on home video in August. Most recently, the seven main voice cast members of Wake Up, Girls! performed the ending theme song for the Scorching Ping Pong Girls anime series.

Source: animate Times


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