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'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

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Narrator Tesshō Genda adds role of Harnold Dogegenchonegger

The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga revealed a promotional video on Tuesday. The video previews the cast's opening theme song "Onegai Muscle."

The site also announced that Tesshō Genda, who is narrating the anime, will also play Harnold "Doge-chan" Dogegenchonegger.

The series will premiere on July 3 at 10:30 p.m. on the AT-X channel, and it will then run on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and other stations.

The previously announced cast includes:

Ai Fairouz as Hibiki Sakura


Sora Amamiya as Akemi Sōryūin


Shizuka Ishigami as Ayaka Uehara


Nao Tōyama as Zina Void


Yui Horie as Satomi Tachibana

Kaito Ishikawa as Naruzō Machio

The "body-building comedy" centers around Hibiki, a high school girl who loves eating, and Akemi, the beautiful and charismatic student council president who has a muscle fetish. The staff describes the story:

"Hibiki … Are you fat again?"

A friend's cruel words which cut like a knife into the heart of Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves to eat. Hibiki decided to go on a diet to be absolutely thin by summer vacation, but she cannot keep exercising right alone. That's when Hibiki found herself before a training gym! Upon joining the gym, Hibiki meets her beautiful and charismatic student council president Akemi Sōryūin and steps into the intense yet enjoyable world of weight-training.

Mitsue Yamazaki (Tada Never Falls in Love, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) is directing the anime at Doga Kobo and Fumihiko Shimo (New Game!) is in charge of the series scripts. Ai Kikuchi (New Game!) is designing the characters. Silver Man Gym is presenting the project.

Fairouz and Ishikawa are singing the opening theme song "Onegai Muscle" as their characters Hibiki Sakura and Naruzō Machio, respectively. Ishikawa is also singing the ending theme song "Macho A Name?" as his character.

Sandrovich and MAAM, a relatively new manga artist, launched the manga on Shogakukan's web manga site Ura Sunday and on Shogakukan's Manga ONE app in 2016. Shogakukan published the sixth volume in January, and the seventh will ship on June 19. Seven Seas Entertainment will publish the first manga volume in English on November 19.

Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga also inspired a television anime.

Sources: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? anime's website, MoCa News


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