Hinako Note Anime's 2nd Promo Previews Ending Theme, April 7 Premiere

posted on by Karen Ressler
Anime follows rural girl who moves to Tokyo, joins theater club

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the ending theme song "A-e-i-u-e-o-ao!!" by Gekidan Hitotose, a group made up of five of the main cast members. The video also reveals that the anime will premiere on AT-X on April 7 at 9:00 p.m. and also air on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TVQ Broadcasting, and BS11.

The anime stars (Note: Not all character name romanizations are confirmed.):

M.A.O as Hinako Sakuragi

Miyu Tomita as Kuina Natsugawa

Yui Ogura as Mayuki Hiiragi

Hisako Tōjō as Chiaki Ogino

Marika Kōno as Yua Nakajima

Yuri Yoshida as Ruriko Kuroyanagi

Takeo Takahashi (Rozen Maiden, Spice and Wolf, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers) is credited as the chief director for the anime. Toru Kitahata (Love, Election and Chocolate, Haganai NEXT) is directing the anime at Passione. Tatsuhiko Urahata (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, GATE) is supervising the series' scripts. Kazuyuki Ueda (Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic, Haitai Nanafa) is adapting the character designs for animation and is also serving as chief animation director. Yukari Hashimoto (March comes in like a lion, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) is composing the music. Anima & Company (Orange) is producing the series.

M.A.O, Tomita, Ogura, Tōjō, and Kōno perform the opening theme song "Curtain Call!!!!!" and the ending theme song "A-e-i-u-e-o-ao!!" as the musical unit Gekidan Hitotose (Theater Group Hitotose). Hitotose is the name of the bookstore that appears in the series).

The manga centers on titular protagonist Hinako, who is poor at speaking, and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech to be able to talk to people freely, so in high school, she transfers schools to Tokyo and plans to join a theater club. When she arrives, it turns out her boarding house is a secondhand bookstore, and a girl who eats books lives there.

Mitsuki launched the manga alongside Comic Cune, a former magazine-within-a-magazine supplement for four-panel manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine, in August 2014. When Comic Cune relaunched as a full-fledged standalone magazine in August 2015, the manga relocated to the new magazine. Kadokawa published Hinako Note's second compiled book volume on August 27.

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