Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō TV Anime Reveals October Premiere, Theme Song Titles
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The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! franchise revealed on Friday that the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series will premiere in Japan in October on TV Tokyo, Sendai Broadcasting, and AT-X. The website also revealed the titles of the theme songs on Sunday.
The Wake Up, Girls! idol group are performing the opening theme song "7 Senses" and the ending theme song "Shizuku no Kan" (Drop's Crown) for the series. The singles for the two theme songs will both ship on November 29.
The website also revealed on Sunday that Famitsu's Comic Clear website will launch a manga titled Wake Up, Girls! Eternal Senses on July 30. GUNP is drawing the manga with supervision by Green Leaves.
The Wake Up, Girls! idol group kicked off their fourth live tour in Osaka on Sunday, and showed a promotional video for the new anime. The tour will travel to Sendai, Saitama, Fukkuoka, Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Tokyo in August and September.
Shin Itagaki (Wake Up, Girls! episode 10 storyboards, Teekyu) is replacing Yutaka Yamamoto as the director of the new anime, and Miyuki Sugawara is replacing Sunao Chikaoka as the character designer, although Chikaoka is still credited for the original character designs. Similarly, Millepensee is replacing Ordet as the main animation studio. Satoru Kousaki and monaca are returning to compose the music at DIVE II Entertainment, and the original story and scripts are credited to "Green Leaves." The new anime will feature the previous Wake Up, Girls! group members, but it will also add new characters.
In the story of the original anime, Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl…
The first television anime premiered in Japan in January 2014 along with a limited theatrical run. Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan. Two sequel films, Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage and Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, opened in 2015. Sentai Filmworks released Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie and the television series on home video last year.
Additionally, an original net anime spinoff titled Wake Up, Girl Zoo! premiered in 2014. Crunchyroll also streamed that spinoff series. The voice actresses from the show also reprised their roles in a stage play that ran in January. The real-life idol group has also performed theme songs for anime.