The official site for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Sou Hamayumiba's Yosakoi Dance-themed manga Hanayamata announced on May 16 that it will premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, and AT-X in July. The new key visual on the top page, which currently has only the protagonist girl Naru Sekiya (CV: Reina Ueda), will add four more main girls one by one: Hana N. Fontainestand (Minami Tanaka) on May 19, Yaya Sasame (Kaya Okuno) on 21, Tami Nishimikado (Yuka Otsubo) on 23, and Machi Tokiwa (Manami Numakura) on 27. The site also announced two additional cast: Megumi Toyoguchi as Sally-sensei (Naru and others' homeroom teacher), and Tsuyoshi Koyama as Masaru Ōfuna (the owner of the Yosakoi shop).
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 new key visual
Sally-sensei and Masaru Ōfuna
Yosakoi Dance by the Grand Prix-winning team Honiya last summer (courtesy of Boram TV)
© Sou Hamayumiba, Houbunsha/"Hanayamata" Production Committee