DIVE!! Anime Casts Kensho Ono, Shouta Aoi, Kengo Kawanishi, Ryohei Kimura
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for the television anime of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! revealed four more cast members and character visuals on Thursday. The website also revealed that the Kyoto-based band Qyoto will perform the opening theme song "Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi" (The Sun Is Also Lonely) as its debut song.
The new cast members are:
Kensho Ono as Kiyotaka Matsuno
Shouta Aoi as Toshihiko Tsuji
Kengo Kawanishi as Jirō Hirayama
Ryohei Kimura as Hiroya Sakai
The previously announced cast includes:
Takahiro Sakurai as Yōichi Fujitani, the child of two former divers and three-time middle-school champion
Yuichi Nakamura as Shibuki Okitsu, a lone wolf who has been diving in the sea near Tugaru in northern Japan
Kaori Nazuka as Kayoko Asaki, the coach who changes their fates
Ryota Ohsaka as Ryō Ōhira, who sets the mood of the team
Kouki Uchiyama as Reiji Maruyama, the cool-headed analytical member
Tomokazu Sugita as Atsuhiko Yamada, nicknamed "Pinkie" and known for his tricky dives
Yūsuke Kobayashi as Sachiya Yoshida, an elementary school student
The anime will premiere on July 6 at 12:55 a.m. (effectively July 7 morning) on Fuji TV's Noitamina block, and will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and other countries. The first episode will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 5 at 12:00 a.m. (effectively July 6 morning), ahead of the TV airing, but every episode thereafter will begin streaming at 3:00 a.m. in the morning after the Noitamina airing.
Mori (Colorful original creator, screenplay for Black Jack OVA, Black Jack the Movie) wrote the original four-volume novel series between 2000 and 2002. The series revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club's new coach persuades the club's parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year's Olympics as part of Japan's Olympic team.
Kaoru Suzuki (Pupipō!, episode director for Hellsing TV, Battery the Animation, Inuyasha) is directing the series at ZERO-G, and Touko Machida (Lucky Star, Endride, Wake Up, Girls!) is overseeing the scripts. Suzuhito Yasuda (Yozakura Quartet manga creator, character designer for Durarara!!, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is handling the original character design, and Miyako Yatsu (Eyeshield 21: The Phantom Golden Bowl, Idaten Jump) is adapting the character designs for animation, and is also credited as the chief animation director. Yuuki Hayashi (Kiznaiver, My Hero Academia, Welcome to the Ballroom) is composing the music.
The anime is inspiring the "DIVE!! VR Lesson~Tomoki-hen" VR experience in July. Mori's novel series previously inspired a live-action film adaptation in 2008. Masahiro Ikeno also drew a five-volume manga adaptation in 2007-2008.
Source: Comic Natalie