Short films showing the days of high school football players’ lives before coming to Tokyo
Kodoani.com – The official YouTube channel for Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine team began streaming 11 live-action commercials for the manga’s anime adaptation. Aoashi by Yūgo Kobayashi on Monday. The short film tells the story of a third year high school student and a soccer player. The film also reveals the friction in his relationship with his mother, who hates football, in the days before he went to Tokyo to try out for the J-League youth team.
Anime Aoashi will premiere on NHK Educational on April 9 and will air on Saturdays at 6:25 p.m. KST.
The previously announced cast includes:
Kouki Ohsuzu as Ashito Aoi Tatsumaru Tachibana as Eisaku Ohtomo Seiichirō Yamashita as Sōichirō Tachibana Taku Yashiro as Keiji Togashi Shun Horie as Kanpei Kuroda Wataru Katō as Martis Jun Asari Junya Enoki as Yūma Motoki Kentarō Kumagai as Rysuke Takeuchi as Nagisa Akutsu Yuichiro Umehara as Haruhisa Kuribayashi Kensho Ono as Taira Nakamura Kouki Uchiyama as Yōichi Kiriki Makoto Furukawa as Eita Takasugi Maki Kawase as Hana Ichijō Reina Ueda as Anri Kaidō Chikahiro Kobayashi as Hiroki Tatsuya in Fukuda as Nozomi Date Kazuyuki Okitsu as Kenta Yoshitsune Mikako Komatsu as Aoi Kaneko Mie Sonozaki as Noriko Aoi Yoshiki Nakajima as Shun Aoi
Akira Sato (Release the Spyce) is directing the anime at Production IG.
Masahiro Yokotani (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, All Out!!, Tropical-Rouge! Precure) is in charge of series scripts.
Manabu Nakatake, Toshie Kawamura, Asuka Yamaguchi, and Saki Hasegawa are all assigned to the character designs, with Natake and Yamaguchi also appointed as animation directors. Naho Seike, Yukiko Watabe, Miho Daidouji and Eisuke Shirai are said to be the supporting character designers. Kenichi Takeshita, Jun Soga and Kenji Iizuka are assigned to oversee the football. Masaru Yokoyama is composing music.
Alexandros will perform the opening theme song “Mushin Hakusū” and Rinne will perform the ending theme song “Blue Diary.”
The manga revolves around third-year high school student Ashito Aoi, who lives in Ehime Prefecture. Ashito is very gifted in football, but he tries to hide it. Due to his very outspoken personality, he caused a disaster that was seen 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 – appeared in front of Ashito. Tatsuya sees through Ashito and sees his talent, and invites him to try his hand at the youth team in Tokyo.
Kobayashi launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. The manga is based on the original story concept by Naohiko Ueno.