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Pon no Michi Original Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

posted on by Alex Mateo
Professional mahjong player Kana Nakada feat. Pon no Michi All Stars perform

The official YouTube channel for the original mahjong anime Pon no Michi (The Way of Pon) began streaming on Friday the first promotional video, and it previews the opening theme song "Ponpopopon" by former Nogizaka46 idol group member and current professional mahjong player Kana Nakada feat. Pon no Michi All Stars.

The anime's cast includes:

Kaori Maeda as Nashiko Jippensha

Iori Saeki as Pai Kawahigashi

Shion Wakayama as Izumi Tokutomi

Yui Kondō as Riche Hayashi

Akio Ōtsuka as Mahjong spirit character, Chonbo

Hibiku Yamamura as Haneru Emi


The anime will premiere in January 2024 in the "Animeism" programming block on TBS, MBS, and BS-TBS.

The anime is set in Hiroshima Prefecture's Onomichi City, where a high school student Nashiko Jippensha was kicked out of her house. Without a place to play with her friends, she learns that the mahjong parlor that her father used to run is now vacant. She fixes the mahjong parlor and turns it into a place where she and her friends can have fun, cook, have tea, and sometimes play mahjong.

IIS-P is credited for the original story. Tatsuma Minamikawa (Fire Force, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry) is directing and writing the anime's scripts at OLM. Negi Haruba (The Quintessential Quintuplets original creator) is drafting the original character designs, and Kenji Ōta (key animation, Pokémon XY) is adapting the designs for animation.

Other staff members include:

Tsukasa Unohana (Anima Yell!) launched a manga adaptation of the anime in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine on September 1.

Update: Video embedded. Thanks, sdsichero.

Sources: Pon no Michi anime's YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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