number24 Rugby Anime Adds 5 Cast Members

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ryūma Kuno, Shougo Yano, Daichi Kanbara, Masanori Kobayashi, Yūta Hayama join cast

The official website for MOVIC's number24 original rugby television anime revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include:

Ryūma Kuno as Pongsaklek Yunu, a reserve forward and an earnest foreign exchange student. He is studying how to read both Japanese and the mood of the room

Shougo Yano as Takumi Hidaka, a scrum-half who acts as mediator, and Taisei's friend

Daichi Kanbara as Toranoshin Higashizaka, a reserve player loved by all, and who acts as the "big brother" of the team's Kansai players

Masanori Kobayashi as Yūki Koreeda, an anime-loving but pessimistic reserve forward, who is also a regular customer at Animate

Yūta Hayama as Shinya Ishigami, a rightside lock who is truly passionate about rugby, and is the team's secret relief player

The previously announced cast includes:

The anime will premiere in January on Tokyo MX.

The anime's college rugby story centers on Natsusa Yuzuki, who expects to be an ace on the rugby team when he enrolls in college. However, he is no longer able to play rugby due to certain circumstances. Ibuki Ueoka is an older fellow student who quit rugby. Yasunari Tsuru is a younger student who finds Natsusa disagreeable. Yū Mashiro is a younger student who admires and follows Natsusa. Seiichirō Shingyō is Natsusa's close childhood friend. Together, they compete in the Kansai university rugby league.

Shigeru Kimiya (Gift - eternal rainbow, One Off, efficus) is directing the anime at PRA. Kei Mori (Verrocchio Agency) is credited for the original work, and MOVIC is credited with the story concept. Rika Nakase (Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime, Rocket Girls, Kanamemo) is in charge of series composition and scripts. YukiKana is drawing the original character designs, and Saori Sakaguchi (animation director for Yuri!!! on Ice, Himouto! Umaruchan) is designing the characters for animation, and is also the chief animation director. Tsukasa Ohira is credited for art setting, while Scott MacDonald is the art director. Atsushi Kanō is the director of photography. Shinobu Nakagawa is credited for animation production supervision. Yoshiki Sakamoto is credited as animation producer.

Sources: number24 anime's website, MoCa News

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