Escaflowne's Kazuki Akane Directs 8-Bit's Hoshiai no Sora Tennis TV Anime for 2019
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The TBS Anime Festa 2018 event confirmed on Saturday that Kazuki Akane (Escaflowne series and film, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Noein - to your other self) is directing the original television anime Hoshiai no Sora (Star-Crossing Skies). The anime will premiere next year on the TBS television station and other venues.
The teen adolescence story revolves around the coming-of-age of boys in a junior high school's soft tennis team, which is on the verge of shutting down. In the video above, the character Tōma Shinjō asks Maki Katsuragi to join the team for his vaunted abilities, and mentions a summer competition. Katsuragi asks for money in return for joining the team.
The video ends with a quote by the Japanese poet Kenreimon-in Ukyō no Daibu that indicates that the title is a reference to the Japanese festival of Tanabata, when two star-crossed lovers are allowed to meet in the skies once a year on July 7.
The cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Maki Katsuragi and Tasuku Hatanaka as Tōma Shinjō.
Kazuki Akane is not only directing at 8-Bit (Encouragement of Climb, Rewrite, Infinite Stratos, Tokyo Ravens, Knight's & Magic), but also supervising and writing the series scripts. Yūichi Takahashi is adapting the original character designs by illustrator Itsuka, and also serving as animation director.
Miki Takeshita is in charge of scene setting, and Shiori Shiwa is directing the art. Jin Aketagawa is directing the sound at Magic Capsule. Flying Dog is responsible for the music.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web