GoHands' Original W'z Anime Reveals Unaired Episode on Home Video, Stage Play Adaptation

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Stage play's star Ryōhei Takenaka also sings 13-episode anime's opening theme song

The official website for Frontier Works and Go Hands' original anime project W'z revealed on Thursday that the anime will have five Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases. The first volume will feature episode one and an unaired episode. The first home video volume will ship on February 27, and the other volumes will ship in March, April, May, and June. Volumes 2 through 5 will each have three episodes, meaning the anime will have a total of 13 aired episodes and one unaired episode.

The site also revealed that Ryōhei Takenaka (pictured below) will perform the anime's opening theme song. Takenaka will also star in a stage play adaptation of the anime, which the staff also announced on Thursday. Takenaka will play Yukiya.

The stage play adaptation will run at Tokyo's Theater Sun Mall from April 10-14. Takehiro Yoshida is writing and directing the play. GOON TRAX, Frontier Works, and Am-bitioN are all credited with cooperation, and Illuminus is in charge of planning and production.

The anime will premiere on January 5, and will air on MBS, Tokyo MX, TVQ, and BS11. The show will also stream online. The anime is set in Osaka, similar to GoHands' previous anime Hand Shakers.

Previously revealed cast members include:

  • Katsumi Fukuhara as Yukiya/Y's, a 14-year-old student whose hobby is DJ-ing
  • Toshiki Masuda as Midori
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi as Seba
  • Takuya Eguchi as Gai
  • Yoshinosuke Yamagami as Masataka
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Fumiyuki
  • Jun Fukuyama as Reijirō

The anime centers on Yukiya, who is "probably" 14 years old. He spends his time DJ-ing alone. Due to his father's influence, he's listened to house music since he was young, and he uploads videos online. He wants to convey something to someone. He wants to be recognized, and become important. But getting hurt is scary. One day, while trying to get more views, he does something that can't be undone. And he sees a live broadcast from "that world." Yukiya believes he can't do anything alone, but that he could accomplish something if he were doing it together with someone else.

GOON TRAX is in charge of the show's music. DJ RENA is credited with video and musical production cooperation. 27 musical artists will also participate in the series. Frontier Works and GoHands previously stated that the show is targeted toward women.

Sources: W'z anime's website (link 2), Comic Natalie

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