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Love Kome Anime Casts Kenjiro Tsuda, Reveals Key Visual

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Anime about rice personified as boys premieres April 5

The website for the Love Kome -We Love Rice- original television anime updated on Tuesday with a new key visual (pictured below) and an additional cast member. Kenjiro Tsuda is joining the cast as Koshihikari.

The staff also announced that the series will premiere on April 5 on Tokyo MX and Sun TV, and also air on Tochigi TV and RNC.

The show's cast includes: (The character name romanizations aren't official.)

Mark Ishii as Hikari Hino


Chiharu Sawashiro as Nishiki Sasa


Misae Komori as Komachi Akita


Nina Tamaki as Maru Niko


Sousuke Souma as Bore Hitome


  • Junya Enoki as Ann
  • Yuuto Suzuki as Shock
  • Genki Okawa as Carry
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Chinko Bōzu (Priest Chinko)
  • Mafia Kajita as Mori no Kuma-san (Forest Bear)
  • Natsuko Hara as Mana-musume
  • Shūta Morishima as Kurowa
  • Miho Masaka as Koro-ane
  • Hipoo as Camembert
  • Saori Murakita as Gurumi
  • Kaori Saitō as Guruko
  • Rico Sasaki as Gurue

The anime project anthropomorphizes rice (kome in Japanese) into schoolboys. At the Kokuritsu Inaho Academy ("Rice Ear Academy," a wordplay on national schools), five new rice-inspired students attempt to supplant bread as the popular grain at the school. The new students form the "Love Rice" unit and challenge themselves to perform at the "Harvest Show" to show the delicious appeal of rice grains. The "heartwarming 'kome'dy with laughs and passion" promises to let audiences rediscover the virtues of rice ("Japan's soul food").

Yūki Takabayashi is credited with the original concept and series script supervision. Yaoyorozu is in charge of planning and the original work. Graphinica's Takashi Horiuchi (Boku wa Ō-sama) is directing at Encourage Films, and Levin Aoi designed the characters. NOB-C is the art director and sub-character designer, and Yaoyorozu's Yoshitada Fukuhara is serving as general producer. Takashi Ifukube is writing the scripts, Tomoyo Sawada is the animation character designer, and Yuta Yamazaki is the series director. Plus Tsubasa is composing the music, Kogane Fusa is the sound director, and Toru Nakano is the sound producer. Kei Sadayama is handling the animation prop design.

A manga tie-in with an original story will launch on Comic Smart's free manga website Ganma! on February 24.

Source: Comic Natalie


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