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Mayonaka Punch Original Anime Casts Ai Kayano (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Ai Kayano to play Yuki in fall anime

Kadokawa and P.A. Works revealed the sixth cast member for their original television anime project Mayonaka Punch (Midnight Punch) on Saturday. Ai Kayano will play Yuki, who has known Live for a very long time, and who holds a grudge against Mayonaka Punch.

Ai Kayano as Yuki
Image via Mayonaka Punch anime's X/Twitter account

The anime's six cast members were announced one a day for the past six days. Previously announced cast are Ikumi Hasegawa as Masaki and Fairouz Ai as Live (pronounced "ribu"). Additionally, Yuina Itō plays the role of Ichiko, a member of the "Mayonaka Punch" group who loves cute things and "Live-sama" (including following Live's orders). Hina Yomiya voices Fū, a "Mayonaka Punch" group member who is reserved and shy, but who has the most common sense of everyone in the group. Hitomi Ueda voices Tokage, a member of "Mayonaka Punch" who loves gambling and money above all else, and she hates anything bothersome.

The "girls comedy" anime centers on Masaki, a member of the NewTuber group "Harakiri Sisters," who gets fired because of a certain incident. Aiming for a comeback, Masaki meets Live. The two girls have different goals, but together, they make a high-tension comeback and aim to reach 1 million subscribers on NewTube.

The anime will premiere in July.

The anime will reunite the main staff of the Ya Boy Kongming! anime, including director Shū Honma, scriptwriter Hideaki Shirasaka, and studio P.A. Works. Ryōta Arima (chief animation director for The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬) is adapting Tsukasa Kotobuki's (Saber Marionette J, Cyberteam in Akihabara) original character designs for animation. "Dōga Tōkō Shōjo" (Video Submission Girls) is credited with the original work.

The project will also include a manga and a novel adaptation. Tomomi Usui's (Cube Arts) manga adaptation launched in Kadokawa's Monthly Young Ace magazine on Monday.

Source: Mayonaka Punch anime's website and X/Twitter account

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