Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime's 2nd Half Casts Nao Tōyama

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Tōyama plays koto player Akira Dōjima in 2nd half premiering on October 5

The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Kono Oto Tomare!) manga revealed on Wednesday that Nao Tōyama will join the show's second half as the character Akira Dōjima. The character is a koto player who has been training to get to Nationals, and becomes deeply involved with the Tokise high school team.

The anime's second half will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on October 5 at 25:00 (effectively October 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will then debut on AT-X and Tochigi TV on October 7, on WOWOW on October 9, and on Hokkaido TV on October 14. The anime will begin streaming on FOD in Japan on October 5.

Shouta Aoi will return to perform the new opening theme song "Harmony," and Yūma Uchida will perform the show's ending theme song.

The anime will air for two cours or two quarters of a year. The series began airing the first half in April. Funimation is streaming the series as it airs under the title Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life, and it premiered an English dub on April 27. Funimation will also stream the show's second half.

In the story, Takezō is the last remaining member of the koto club, a club dedicated to the traditional Japanese string instrument. If he doesn't find new members, the koto club will be terminated. One day, Takezō is alone in the club room when a student barges in and demands to join. The student is delinquent Chika Kudō, a boy who even scares delinquent upperclassmen at other schools.

Ryōma Mizuno is serving as the series director at Platinum Vision (Saiyuki Reload Blast, Servamp, Devils' Line). Ayumu Hisao (Devils' Line, Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side) is both writing and overseeing the scripts, Junko Yamanaka (ReLIFE, Servamp) is the character designer, and Toshimitsu Kobayashi (Spice and Wolf II, Aoharu x Machinegun) is the sub-character designer. Yamanaka and Kobayashi are also both serving as chief animation directors, and Hideaki Oba is the adviser.

The manga is also inspiring a stage play that began on August 17 and will run until September 15.

Sources: Kono Oto Tomare! anime's website via Ota-Suke

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