2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu TV Anime Premieres in January 2021 on Noitamina
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block announced on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Yukako Kabei's 2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu (Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club) light novel series will be a television anime series that will premiere in the block in January 2021. The second season of The Promised Neverland anime will also air in that programming block in January.
The official website for the anime also revealed the main cast and staff. Yasuhiro Kimura (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Three Leaves, Three Colors) is directing the anime at David Production. Yousuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is overseeing the series scripts. Yūichi Takahashi (FLCL Alternative, Gatchaman Crowds) is adapting Aiji Yamakawa's character designs for animation, and Takahashi is also serving as chief animation director. Yūgo Kanno (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Psycho-Pass franchise) is composing the music.
Other staff members include:
- Art Director: Kentaro Akiyama
- Color Design: Yuko Tsumori
- 3D Director: Yukie Yamamoto
- Director of Photography: Ryō Kujirai
- Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
- Sound Director: Masanori Tsuchiya
The anime stars:
- Junya Enoki as Yuni Kuroba
- Kensho Ono as Kimichika Haijima
- Yuichiro Umehara as Misao Aoki
- Kent Itō as Shinichiro Oda
- Shouta Aoi as Akito Kanno
- Subaru Kimura as Yusuke Okuma
The story centers on Kimichika Haijima, who got into some serious trouble on his middle school volleyball team, and as a result transferred from Tokyo to Fukui prefecture, where he again met with his childhood friend, Yuni Kuroba. Yuni has overwhelming talent at volleyball but is weak to pressure, but together with Kimichika they become the ace combo of their team. But the two have a fight at the final prefecture tournament in middle school. Now in high school at Seiin High School, Kimichika and Yuni have severed their relationship, but both join the volleyball club. Along with the second-year and third-year students in the club, they work to make Seiin High School's volleyball club a rising star in Fukui prefecture.
Kabei (Kieli) launched the novel series in July 2013 with illustrations by Aiji Yamakawa (Chocolate Underground). The franchise also has a collection of short stories, and a manga adaptation by Yamakawa that launched in Shueisha's Cocohana magazine in its September 2018 issue.