Love Kome Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Theme Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Anime about rice personified as boys premieres April 5

Yaoyorozu began streaming the first promotional video for the Love Kome -We Love Rice- original television anime on Friday. The video previews the theme song "Roman Hikō" (Romantic Flight), which the band Kome Kome Club first released in 1990.

The series will premiere on April 5 on Tokyo MX and also air on Sun TV, 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
  • Kenjiro Tsuda is as Koshihikari

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 launched on Comic Smart's free manga website Ganma! on February 24.

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