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'Love All Play' Badminton TV Anime's New Video Prepares for Debut in 1 Month

posted on by Egan Loo
Natsuki Hanae stars in anime premiering on April 2

The staff for the television anime of Asami Koseki's Love All Play badminton novel debuted a new promotional video on Saturday to highlight the anime's premiere four Saturdays from now, April 2. The video showcases the main lead Ryō Mizushima as he joins his high school's badminton team, and features narration by his voice actor Natsuki Hanae:

The tagline in the visual on the right reads, "A once-in-a-lifetime coming-of-age that hurtles at 400 km/h (250 mph), love-all play!!" The anime's website notes the pundits' claim that the shuttlecock's initial speed after a smash makes badminton the "world's fastest sport." The anime's title comes from the score (love-all) at the start of a match.

The story follows Ryō Mizushima, who joined his middle school's badminton team full of motivation — but without a proper coach, ended up in obscurity. Nevertheless, he did eventually reach the prefectural tournament on his physical strength. Now he joins the prestigious Yokohama-Minato High School's badminton team under the legendary coach Ebihara and surrounded by talented teammates. He strives to become a top athlete and take his high school team to the inter-high tournament.

The main cast includes:

Yōhei Azakami as Shōhei Sakaki

Makoto Furukawa as Kо̄ki Matsuda

Kensho Ono as Taichi Higashiyama

Tetsuya Kakihara as Yо̄ji Higashiyama

Yuuki Kaji as Akira Uchida

Minako Kotobuki as Rika Mizushima

Kazuya Nakai as Hitoshi Ebihara

Natsuki Hanae as lead character Ryō Mizushima

Hiroshi Takeuchi (Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief storyboarder, Blade & Soul, Zunda Horizon) is directing the anime at Nippon Animation and OLM. Tomoko Konparu (Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, Nodame Cantabile) is supervising the series scripts and writing them with Miharu Hirami (Kodocha, The New Adventures of Kimba The White Lion), Shingo Irie (All Out!!, Kuroko's Basketball), and Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken, Shirobako). Riko Kaneda is designing the characters, and Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Welcome to the Ballroom, Shaman King) is composing the music.

Sporting goods maker YONEX is supervising and collaborating on the designs for the anime. YONEX assisted on a previous badminton anime, Hanebad! from 2018.

The anime will air on YTV, NTV, and their affiliates on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

Poplar's Pureful imprint published the first Love All Play novel in May 2011, and Koseki has since written three more follow-up novels. The anime is also getting a manga adaptation by Dam Miyata on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website.

Sources: Love All Play anime's d Twitter account, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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