Live-Action Video Girl Ai Series Gets Animated Part by Signal.MD

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Masakazu Katsura provides original character design for animation

The official website for Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, revealed on Sunday that the live-action series will feature an in-work anime.

In the third episode, which will air on Sunday, the character Shō will debut a character design for the in-work animation that he and his club members are working on. Katsura himself created the original character design that is used in the episode, and his design is being used as the basis for the anime. Signal.MD (Ancien and the Magic Tablet) is animating the work.

The series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on January 13, but episodes are streaming one week early on Amazon Prime Video in Japan.

The cast includes:

  • Shūhei Nomura as Shō Moteuchi
  • Nogizaka 46's Nanase Nishino as Ai Amano
  • Marie Iitoyo as Nanami Shibahara, the school "Madonna" on whom Shō has a crush
  • Hiroya Shimizu as Tomoaki Furuya, Shō's old childhood friend
  • Karen Ōtomo as Rika Ōmiya, Shō's underclassman who has a crush on him

The live-action television series resets the original manga's timeframe to modern-day 2018, and it centers around Yōta's nephew, high school student Shō Moteuchi. Shō harbors a secret crush on his beautiful classmate Nanami. One day, he discovers an old broken videocassette recorder at his uncle Yota's home. He fixes the recorder, and a mysterious girl named "Video Girl Ai" springs out.

Kazuaki Seki (music videos for Perfume, Gen Hoshino) is directing the live-action series, and Kohei Kiyasu (a voice actor on Hajime no Ippo, Fafner, and The Prince of Tennis) is writing the scripts after penning Destruction Babies and The Kirishima Thing. TV Tokyo's Futoshi Asano is the chief producer, and the other producers are Kimitaka Goka and Yuta Kurachi of TV Tokyo, as well as Kyōhei Sudachi. TV Tokyo Robot is producing.

Source: Comic Natalie

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