The official site for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Sou Hamayumiba's Yosakoi Dance-themed manga Hanayamata launches today on April 13 with the announcement for the main staff and voice cast. 20-year-old Reina Ueda, who is best known as the voice of Mobuko Sonota in the Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono anime series, plays the protagonist girl Naru Sekiya as her first leading role. 18-year-old Minami Tanaka, who has just made her voice actress debut this year for Minami Takayama in Wake Up, Girls!, voices an exchange student from the US, Hana N. Fontainestand.
Atsuko Ishizuka (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, No Game, No Life) directs the TV anime for Madhouse with the scripts and series composition by Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Girls und Panzer). Atsuko Watanabe (Tokyo Ravens, Unbreakable Machine-Doll) designs the anime characters. And a Tokyo-based creator group MONACA (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Aikatsu!) produces the music. The TV anime is slated for the
summer of 2014.
The main characters:
Naru Sekiya (CV: Reina Ueda)
Hana N. Fontainestand (CV: Minami Tanaka)
Yaya Sasame (CV: Kaya Okuno)
Tami Nishimikado (CV: Yuka Otsubo)
Machi Tokiwa(CV: Manami Numakura)
The main staff:
Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
Writer/Series composition: Reiko Yoshida
Character designer: Atsuko Watanabe
Music production: DIVEⅡentertainment
Animation production: MADHOUSE
Yosakoi is a traditional summer dance using naruko, small wooden clappers which is originated in Kochi
Prefecture, Japan. The manga has been serialized in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward since the
June 2011 issue and now four tankoubon volumes are available. The story focuses on an ordinary shy
14-year-girl Naru Sekiya who has been yearning for the heroines in fairy tales. On one moonlight night,
she encounters an exchange student from the US, Hana N. Fontainestand, who looks like a "fairy" to her.
Guided by Hana, Naru starts stepping into the extraordinary world of Yosakoi Dance.
The manga 1st volume cover
The 2nd volume cover
The 3rd volume cover
via: Comic Natalie
© Sou Hamayumiba, Houbunsha/"Hanayamata" Production Committee