Bakuten!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime's 2nd Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, Opening Song (Updated)
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The official website for the Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) original television anime began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals new cast, staff, and previews the opening theme song "Seishun no Enbu" (The Dance of Youth) by the band Centimillimental.
The new cast members are all voicing members of the rival team at Hakumei University Affiliated High School:
Katsuyuki Konishi as Tōru Takase
Kenichi Suzumura as Yōjirō Mutsu
Tomokazu Sugita as Hideo Ōminato
Sōma Saitō as Kyōichi Ryūgamori
Daiki Yamashita as Shunsuke Azuma
Previously announced cast members include:
Kaito Ishikawa as Ryōya Misato
Daisuke Ono as Masamune Shichigahama, the rhythmic gymnastics team captain
Takashi Kondo as Keisuke Tsukidate, the team vice captain
Hiro Shimono as Nagayoshi Onagawa, a third year
Hiroshi Kamiya as Kōtarō Watari, a second year
The new staff members include:
- Rhythmic Gymnastics Animation Director: Fumiaki Kouta
- Prop Design/Chief Animation Director: Aya Nakanishi
- Color Design: Emi Chiba
- Art Design: Mamio Ogawa
- Art Director: Yuka Hirama
- 3D CG: Buemon
- CGI Director: Shūji Shinoda
- Directors of Photography: Takahiro Hondai, Ryō Itō
- Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
- Audio Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Music: Yuki Hayashi
- Supervision: Aomori Yamada High School Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
The anime will premiere this April on Fuji TV's Noitamina anime block. The anime, which is set in Miyagi prefecture, is one of three anime projects part of the larger "Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10..." initiative aimed at promoting Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima (the other two anime projects are Misaki no Mayoiga and Hula Fulla Dance). The "Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10..." is in remembrance of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago.
The anime is set in Miyagi prefecture's Iwanuma city, and centers on a high school rhythmic gymnastics team. The anime follows Shōtarō Futaba, who is fascinated by gymnastics after seeing it in his third year of middle school, and joins the rhythmic gymnastics team of his new high school Sōshūkan High School, nicknamed "Ao High." He makes a friend with his schoolmate Ryōya Misato, who earned fame as a gymnast during middle school.
Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (The Great Passage, Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) is directing the anime at ZEXCS. Toshizo Nemoto (Log Horizon season 2, Macross Delta, Last Hope) is in charge of series composition and scripts. My Little Monster manga creator Robico is drawing the original character designs, while Yūki Shibata (Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season, Magical Sisters Yoyo & Nene, After the Rain) is drawing the character designs for animation, and is also the chief animation director.
Update: The February 2021 issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on December 23 that Kei Sakuraba is drawing a manga adaptation of the anime. The manga will premiere in the magazine's March issue, which ships on Friday. Source: Dessert February issue
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