BanG Dream! Gets New Original Video Anime, 4th Live Concert
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The BanG Dream! mixed-media project's "BanG Dream! 3rd Live Sparklin' Party 2017!" concert announced on Sunday that production on a brand-new original video anime (OVA) has been green-lit. The ongoing television anime's seventh Blu-ray Disc volume will include the OVA on November 22. Before then, the OVA will debut in advance screenings (with stage greetings by guests) in numerous cities throughout Japan. The second Blu-ray volume will bundle application forms to purchase the advance screening tickets on June 21.
The concert also announced the "BanG Dream! 4th Live @ Nippon Budōkan" concert at Tokyo's Budōkan venue on August 21. The first Blu-ray volume will bundle application forms to purchase the earliest advance tickets on May 24.
A BanG Dream! Character Song Series CD project will launch on April 5 with the first volume for Kasumi Toyama (as voiced by Aimi). It will include two new original songs and at least one character voice track.
The TV Anime BanG Dream! Original Soundtrack will go on sale on April 26. The limited pressing edition will bundle a Blu-ray with footage from the "BanG Dream! Second Live Starrin' Party 2016!" concert.
Overlap's web manga magazine Comic Gardo will launch Pepako Dokuta's Ban-Dre! Girls Band Party! Roselia Stage series on February 10.
The real-life and in-story band Poppin' Party will appear at Wonder Festival 2017 Winter for a talk show and mini-live concert on February 19. Production of Good Smile Company's Nendoroid figures for all five Poppin' Party members has been green-lit, and Wonder Festival will have Kasumi Toyama's figure on display that day.
Finally, Onkyo and Pioneer Innovations are offering collaborative BanG Dream! headphones that "support high-resolution audio."
Bushiroad launched the BanG Dream! multimedia project in January 2015, and the company formed the Poppin' Party band for the project in February 2015. The band's members consist of voice actresses who portray the characters in the story, and they play the same instruments as their characters. The cast includes:
- Aimi as Kasumi Toyama on guitar and vocals
- Aya Saitō as Arisa Ichigaya on keyboard
- Rimi Nishimoto as Rimi Ushigome on bass
- Sae Ootsuka as Tae Hanazono on lead guitar
- Ayaka Ohashi as Saaya Yamabuki on drums
When she was a child, Kasumi Toyama (played by Poppin' Party's lead singer, Aimi) felt a heart-pounding thrill every time she gazed at the stars, and she's been looking without success for something that could inspire the same feeling ever since. One day, she comes across a star-shaped guitar in a rundown pawnshop and, for the first time, discovers the thrill she's been searching for. Kasumi becomes determined to form an all-girl band, and her search leads her to four like-minded souls: Saya, Arisa, Rimi, and Tae (all brought to life by the members of Poppin' Party). Does this band have what it takes to make their dreams of stardom come true?
Bushiroad and OLM's joint anime brand ISSEN is credited with the original work, and is also handling animation production alongside XEBEC. Novelist Kō Nakamura is credited with the original story, and Hitowa designed the original characters. Atsushi Ootsuki (Wagnaria!!2, To Love Ru: Darkness, Argevollen) is directing the anime, and Yuniko Ayana (Locodol, Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Hello!! KINMOZA) is handling the series composition. Matsuko Nitta is adapting Hitowa's characters for animation, and Noriyasu Agematsu and Junpei Fujita from Elements Garden are producing the music.
The 13-episode television series premiered in Japan on the Abema TV streaming service on January 21 at 10:00 p.m., and it also runs on the Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, AT-X, TV Aichi, Teletama, BS11, BS Fuji, tvk, and Miyagi TV channels. Anime Network Online is streaming the anime into several countries as it airs in Japan.