Precure Anime Inspires Live-Action Show About Aspiring Voice Actresses
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
TV Asahi revealed Koe Girl! (Voice Girl!), a new live-action series tie-in to Toei Animation's Precure magical girl franchise, on Wednesday. The live-action series celebrates the franchise's 15th anniversary, but is not directly connected to the world or story of the franchise. The series will premiere on ABC and TV Asahi in April.
The series will star Haruka Fukuhara (center in image above) as Kotomi Kikuchi, a grocer's only daughter who has no knowledge or experience in voice acting. (Note: Character name Romanizations are not official.) Fukuhara also starred in the recent Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime as Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard.
Other cast members include:
- Aoi Yoshikura (far left) as Ryōko Ochiai, a former child actress who pivoted into voice acting
- Mariya Nagao (center left) as Ren Inaba, a Precure otaku with the most aspiration to become a voice actress
- Yurika Nakamura (center right) as Asami Kuriyama, a girl with a lot of professional knowledge and skill, and whom Kotomi considers a rival
- Jun Amaki (far right) as Konatsu Morimoto, the group's moodmaker who hails from Kansai, and a sore loser.
The story centers around five girls all aiming to become voice actresses, and who all live together in the same dormitory. The story begins when Kotomi is scouted to be a voice actresses, and casually enters the world of voice acting. The story follows the girls as they take voice lessons and learn to become voice actresses. The series will feature famous scenes from various Precure anime, and the girls will say signature lines from the franchise.
Natsuki Seta, Toshiki Sōma, and Kyōhei Tamazawa are directing the series, and Kouta Fukuhara and Shinya Hokimoto are writing the scripts. Shōji Ikenaga is composing the music.
Hugtto! Precure, the latest entry in the franchise, premiered on Sunday. Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, the previous anime, aired from February 2017 to January 28, and also spawned the Eiga Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode: Paris to! Omoide no Mille-Feuille! anime film last October.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web