Maaya Uchida Perfroms 2nd Ending Theme for Ace of Diamond Act II Anime

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New song debuts in July

The official website for the anime of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga announced on Saturday that Maaya Uchida will perform the show's second ending theme song "Kodō Escalation" (Pulsing Escalation), starting in July. Hotaru is writing the lyrics, [email protected] is composing the song, and KanadeYUK is arranging the song. The single for the song will ship on July 10.

The anime premiered on April 2. The anime will have nine home video releases. The first volume will have three episodes, volumes 2-8 will each have six episodes, and volume 9 will have seven episodes, for a total of 52 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

The anime features a returning cast, and other new cast members include Ayumu Murase as Kaoru Yui, Tasuku Hatanaka as Hirofumi Asada, Daisuke Ono as Masamune Hongō, Junichi Suwabe as Enjō Renji, Ayane Sakura as Yoshikawa Haruno, Yuichiro Umehara as Sōichirō Mima, and Jun Fukushima as Kazuto Kōtari. Glay performs the anime's opening theme song, and OxT perform the current ending theme song.

Terajima's original Ace of Diamond baseball manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the 75-episode series as it aired in Japan. Ace of Diamond: Second Season premiered in April 2015, and Crunchyroll also streamed the 51-episode series as it aired.

Terajima launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006. He ended the first part of the manga in January 2015, and Kodansha published 47 volumes for the manga. Terajima then launched Ace of Diamond Act II in August 2015. The fourth and fifth manga volumes bundled anime DVDs in 2016.

The manga won the shōnen category of the 34th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2010. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga digitally in English in March 2017.

The manga has also inspired a series of stage plays.

Sources: Ace of Diamond Act II anime's website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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