Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Theme Songs, April 6 Debut, New Video
posted on by Egan Loo
The live-streamed "Kyō wa Tanoshii Hinamatsuri" special revealed the theme songs, the April 6 premiere date, and the second promotional video for the television anime of Masao Ohtake's Hinamatsuri manga on Saturday. (Saturday is the holiday Hinamatsuri or Doll Festival Day in Japan.)
Rie Murakawa is performing the opening theme song "Distance," while Yoshiki Nakajima is performing the ending theme song "Sake to Ikura to 893 to Musume" (Salted Salmon, Salmon Roe, 893, and the Girl) as his character Yoshifumi Nitta. The opening theme song's single goes on May 9, and the ending theme song's single goes on sale on May 23. The new promotional video above features "Distance."
The anime will premiere on April 6 at 9:00 p.m. on the AT-X channel, and it will then run on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, Sun TV, TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu, and BS11. The Kadokawa booth at AnimeJapan will host a special stage event for the anime during the March 24-25 weekend. The event will feature the cast members Takako Tanaka, Yoshiki Nakajima, Rie Murakawa, Kaede Hondo, and Yōko Hikasa.
The anime celebrated the holiday Hinamatsuri and the streamed program with a new illustration:
The comedy manga centers around a super-powered girl named Hina, and Nitta, a young member of the yakuza. Hina suddenly appears in Nitta's room and threatens him with her extraordinary powers. However, they end up living together.
The main cast includes:
Yoshiki Nakajima as Yoshifumi Nitta, a young member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza group. He is an intelligent gangster who manages several aspects of the business, and is respected by everyone around him. He had lived a comfortable life as a bachelor until Hina barged into his life, and now he is treated as a divorcee single father. He is a do-gooder and often gets dragged into other people's business.
Rie Murakawa as Anzu, a girl with similar telekinetic powers to Hina, dispatched by the organization to eliminate Hina. She is ignorant of the outside world, and is very aggressive, but she has a kind and expressive nature deep down. She is socially awkward, and can't make a living for herself, so she lives a homeless life.
Kaede Hondo as Hitomi Mishima, Hina's classmate who watches over her. At night, she works as a bartender. While she is easily dragged into trouble, her ability to adapt to situations has led to many unreliable adults to rely on her, so she is seen as a multi-talented "hyper woman."
Ari Ozawa as Mao, a girl summoned to the organization by Ikaruga. She is an acquaintance of Hina and Anzu, and like them, she can use telekinetic powers. She learned how to survive on her own on an unpopulated island. She has a habit of talking to dolls due to her loneliness.
Tsuyoshi Koyama as the Kashira, a man in charge under the leader of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza group. He carries his convictions vehemently and handles his underlings roughly. While he approves of Nitta, he treats him like a bullet depending on the situation.
Kengo Kawanishi as Sabu, Nitta's underling in their yakuza organization. He loves alcohol and gambling. He invites a lot of trouble with his irresponsible remarks.
Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, This Art Club Has a Problem!) is directing the series at studio feel., and Keiichirō Ōchi (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Outbreak Company, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky) is both writing and overseeing the scripts. Katsura Matsubara is the assistant director, and Kanetoshi Kamimoto (Dagashi Kashi, Burst Angel) is both the chief animation director and character designer. Yasuhiro Misawa (Kokoro Connect, Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily, Himouto! Umaruchan) is composing the music at Nippon Columbia.
Additional staff members include:
- Key Animators: Kuniaki Masuda, Tetsuya Takeuchi, Ryō Araki
- Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
- Art Setting: Kaoru Aoki
- Background Art: Bihou, Inc.
- Color Design: Hiroshi Iwaida
- Director of Photography: Yuuta Nakamura
- Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
- Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
- Sound Production: Magic Capsule
Ohtake launched the manga in Enterbrain's Fellows! magazine in 2009, and the manga moved to Fellows! magazine's successor Harta. Kadokawa's imprint Enterbrain published the manga's 13th compiled book volume on September 15.
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