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Aoashi Soccer Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, April 2022 Debut

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The official website for the television anime of Yūgo Kobayashi's Aoashi manga unveiled the anime's first teaser promotional video, as well as its first visual, cast, staff, and April 2022 premiere on Friday.

The cast includes:

From left to right in image above:

From left to right in image above:

Akira Sato (Release the Spyce) is directing the anime at Production I.G Masahiro Yokotani (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, All Out!!, Tropical-Rouge! Precure) is in charge of the series scripts. Manabu Nakatake, Toshie Kawamura, Asuka Yamaguchi, and Saki Hasegawa are all credited for character design, with Natake and Yamaguchi also credited as chief animation directors. Naho Seike, Yukiko Watabe, Miho Daidouji, and Eisuke Shirai are credited as sub-character designers. Kenichi Takeshita, Jun Soga, and Kenji Iizuka are credited for soccer supervision. Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music.

Tsukasa Kakizakai and Yūsuke Takeda are the art directors, while Kazushige Kanehira and Osamu Ii are credited for art setting. Emiko Ueno is the color key artist. Arisa Itō and Miori Tsuzaka are the prop designers. Akiko Hamanaka is credited for 2D works. Tsunori Maeshima is credited for pre-visualization. Shiguma Morimoto is credited for 3D. Maiko Imazeki is the compositing director of photography, while Yoshinori Murakami is the editor. Shōji Hata is the audio director.

The anime will premiere on the NHK Educational (E Tele) channel in April 2022.

The manga centers on third-year middle school student Ashito Aoi, who lives in Ehime prefecture. Ashito has a strong talent in soccer, but he tries to hide it. Due to his very straightforward personality, he causes a disaster that serves as a huge setback for him. Then, Tatsuya Fukuya — a veteran of the strong J-Club team Tokyo City Esperion and coach of the club's youth team — appears in front of Ashito. Tatsuya sees through Ashito and sees his talent, and invites him to try out for the youth team in Tokyo.

Kobayashi launched the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. Shogakukan published the 25th compiled volume on August 30. The manga is based on an original story concept by Naohiko Ueno. The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho awards in 2017. The manga won the Best General Manga award in the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2020.

Kobayashi launched a spinoff manga titled Aoashi Brotherfoot in Weekly Big Comic Spirits on July 12. The spinoff will run for five chapters, and will be compiled in one book volume.

Sources: Aoashi anime's website, Comic Natalie

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