Avex Unveils Kotodama Shōjo Rap Girls Project With Planned Anime
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Avex Pictures announced on Tuesday that it is producing a new "virtual project" titled Kotodama Shōjo (Word Soul Girls). The project will be a mixed media franchise centering on the youth story of the "Microphone Soul Spinners," a group of four girls who form a "virtual rap unit." Avex Pictures is planning an anime adaptation, CD singles, web radio programs, and live-streamed programs on the Showroom service. Avex Pictures is currently accepting applications for casting auditions.
Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Yozakura Quartet, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is drawing the original character designs, and Toshiya Ono (Gatchaman Crowds, Land of the Lustrous, The Promised Neverland) is in charge of story composition. KEN THE 390, a rap artist and judge in TV Asahi's Freestyle Dungeon program, will be the franchise's "ambassador."
The characters in "Microphone Soul Spinners" are named (left to right in image above) Shiika Yosano, Raimu Mukōda, Chieri Villeneuve, and Himawari Kawabata. The four are the lowest ranked in their school built to raise up star artists. The four meet in a rap battle, and decide to take down everyone above them in their journey to the top of the school hierarchy.