Cast includes Jun Fukuyama and Shizuka Itou
While it was previously known that Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama's Area no Kishi (The Knight in the Area) manga was getting an anime adaptation, the first details about the anime have just been revealed. The anime will begin airing at 6am on January 7th, 2012 in Japan. The show will be produced by TV Asahi with animation production by Shin-ei Animation, Hirofumi Ogura directing and Hitomi Tsuruta doing the character designs. The main cast is as follows: Yuuko Sanpei (Chizuru in Kimi ni Todoke) as Kakeru Aizawa, Jun Fukuyama as Suguru Aizawa, and Shizuka Itou as Nana Mishima.
And lastly a new key visual has been revealed:
The Knight in the Area is a manga about Suguru Aizawa, a Under-15 National Soccer Team representative and captain of his middle school team, and Kakeru Aizawa, a striker known as "Mister No Goal" who has lost confidence in his ability to play. After the loss of his brother, Kakeru desires to be a striker who can take his high school team to the national championships and beyond.
via Comic Natalie
Image ©Hiroaki Igano, Kaya Tsukiyama / Kodansha / TV Asahi / Shin-ei Animation
Update: Added character designer.