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Backflip!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime Film Unveils Spring 2022 Opening, Robico's Teaser Visual

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3rd Blu-ray/DVD, Iwanuma City fundraising effort, gymnastics event also previewed

The official website for the Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) original television anime posted the upcoming film's spring 2022 opening date and a new teaser visual by original character designer Robico on Saturday:

The anime held an event (streamed to people who bought the first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume) on Saturday, and the event revealed the film's date and visual above.

The event also unveiled Robico's package illustration for the third Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume, which will include a serial code for a streaming event with cast members Shimba Tsuchiya and Kaito Ishikawa, plus an exclusive drama CD:

Starting in late October, the anime is collaborating with Iwanuma City as part of the "Anime Hometown Tax" initiative to support local areas. People who donate to the initiative with receive food seen in the anime and original goods.

In addition, the "One Gymnastics Festa 201 feat. Anime Backflip!!" with Japan's top-tier high school athletes, professional performers, and college athletes will be held at Miyagi Prefecture's Shiroishi City Culture and Physical Education Center on November 3. The event's newly recorded public announcements will feature the voices of the characters from the anime's "Ao High" and "Shiro High" teams.

The television anime premiered on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on April 8, and the 12th and final epsiode aired in June. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

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) directed the anime at ZEXCS. Toshizo Nemoto (Log Horizon season 2, Macross Delta, Last Hope) was in charge of series composition and scripts. My Little Monster manga creator Robico drew the original character designs, while Yūki Shibata (Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season, Magical Sisters Yoyo & Nene, After the Rain) drew the character designs for animation, and was also the chief animation director. Fumiaki Kouta was the animation director for the rhythmic gymnastics. Yuki Hayashi composed the music. The band Centimillimental perform the opening theme song "Seishun no Enbu" (The Dance of Youth), and wacci perform the ending theme song "Anata ga Iru" (You Are Here).

Kei Sakuraba is drawing a manga adaptation, which premiered in Kodansha's Dessert magazine on January 22.

The anime 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.

Sources: Backflip!! anime film's website, Comic Natalie

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