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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Unveils Latest Promo, Theme Song Artists, October 2 Debut

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SymaG, Mikako Komatsu sing opening, ending themes

The website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed the latest promotional video, the artists behind its theme songs, the October 2 premiere date, and a new visual on Saturday.

SymaG is performing the opening theme song "Bakutsuri Soul," and producer Nanahoshi Kangengakudan wrote the song specifically for the anime. Mikako Komatsu is performing the ending theme song "Yūjō ZABOOOON!!" (Friendship ZABOOOON!!), a festive up-tempo number with Latin rhythms, agogô bells, and whistles. Q-MHz, Komatsu's frequent producing collaborator, wrote the music and lyrics which invoke the characters Totta and Potepen's friendship.

The series will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on October 2 at 5:55 p.m.

The concept of the franchise is that the barcodes on our personal belongings all have a "bar soul." These unknown "bar soul" lifeforms live in the "barcode ocean." And in this world, people can use a "Bakutsuri Bar Rod" fishing rod to fish for and collect the bar souls using AR (augmented reality).

The anime will center on the elementary school student Totta, who loves to fish. One day a bar soul named Potepen appears from the barcode on Totta's bag of potato chips. Together, Totta and Potepen use a special "Bakutsuri" bar rod item to fish for other bar souls.

The anime stars:

Ryou Hirohashi as protagonist Totta Tachitsute

Yumi Uchiyama as Totta's bar soul partner Potepen

Mitsuki Saiga as Totta's rival Kiba Samejima

Kouta Nemoto as the bar soul Shuwajirō

Kenji Seto (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water, Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) is serving as series director. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Duel Masters, Yōkai Watch) is handling the series composition, Akemi Yokota (Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V) is designing the characters, and Takatsugu Wakabayashi (PriPri Chii-chan!!, Ange Vierge, Dragonar Academy) is composing the music.

The multimedia franchise is a collaboration between Bandai, Shogakukan, and Toei Animation, and includes an anime, a manga, a game, and a toy line. Toei Animation will be in charge of the upcoming anime. The manga launched on March 15 in the April issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine. Bandai began releasing the toy line starting with the "Bakutsuri Bar Rod" on March 17. The toy retails for 4,800 yen (about US$43).

The Bakutsuri Bar Rod is an attachment for a player's Nintendo 3DS, and players can then download a free Bakutsuri Bar Hunter game for the 3DS to play the game.

Sources: Bakutsuri Bar Hunter anime's website, Comic Natalie

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