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Kimi dake ni Motetainda Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, October Debut in Theaters

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AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto, writer Mari Okada's original anime film also reveals more staff

The official website for AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto and NTV's original anime project Kimi dake ni Motetainda (I Want to be Popular Just to You) began streaming a teaser trailer for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals that the anime will be a theatrical anime that will open on October 25, and it also reveals more cast and staff. The site revealed a new visual.

The youth story film will center on a group of five handsome high school boys who each have traits that bring them down. Through certain events, they are led by a girl on their quest to win the "Motemen Koshien" (Handsome Men at Koshien) contest.

The newly announced cast members include:

Sōma Saitō as Tokio Furuta, a boy rumored to be chūnibyō (someone under adolescent delusions of grandeur)

Kōki Uchiyama as Shigekazu Ashida, who acts like a child

Rikiya Tomizono as Kōtarō Tojima, who is too overly cute to be thought of romantically

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Aki Sahashi, who has no interest in other people

Yūichirō Umehara as Shun Gotōda, the one who leads the boys in "how to be cool" lessons

Yui Ishikawa as Sakiko "Horiko" Horinomiya, a girl from a well-off family

Yūki Kaji also joins the cast as the host.

The debut voice actors are Hiroshi Ishibashi, Keito Takahashi, Rui Tabuchi, Rikiya Tomizono, and Tomoya Fukui were previously announced as cast members for the anime after winning the Kimi Mote Lodge audition show. The group will form the "High School Children" group.

Shun Kudō (Cross Ange, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans episode director) is directing the anime at Signal.MD. As previously announced, Mari Okada (Maquia, anohana, The Anthem of the Heart) is penning the script for the anime, and Yamako (HoneyWorks) is the character designer. Akiko Wabe and Nanami Higuchi is co-writing the script with Okada. Majiro (Macross Delta, Kabukibu!, The Thousand Noble Musketeers) is designing the characters for animation.

Other new staff members include:

Akimoto founded the AKB48 idol group in 2005, and its sixth and latest domestic sister group, STU48, launched in summer 2017. Akimoto also founded AKB48's "official rival group" Nogizaka46, as well as its spinoff group Keyakizaka46. Akimoto and Okada collaborated with Shōji Kawamori and Satelight on the AKB0048 anime.

Akimoto founded the 22/7 "dimension crossing" idol group. The group has released four singles (the most recent shipped on August 21), three of them with CG music videos. That project also has a planned anime slated for January 2020, and the group's character videos began streaming in English in May 2018.

Most recently, Akimoto announced a partnership with Warner Music Japan to produce a new "idol girls band."

Source: Kimi dake ni Motetainda website, Comic Natalie

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