The six members of Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, a subgroup of Japanese female idol group AKB48, will voice the characters modeled after themselves in the up-coming two episodes of Crayon Shin-chan TV anime. The group's 9th single "Kibou Sanmyaku" is currently used as the 14th OP theme song for the TV anime.
The members of the unit, Haruka Nakagawa, Ayaka Kikuchi, Aika Oota, Mayu Watanabe, Mika Komori, and Misaki Iwasa will play "Alien Warota" at the planet Warota (Warota is an abbreviation for "Watarirouka Hashiritai"). The episodes will be broadcasted in Japan on March 9 and 16. This is the first time for the AKB 48 members to voice anime characters modeled after themselves.
It is also announced that the group will sing the theme song (name is not determined yet) for
the 20th movie Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess, which will be released in
Japanese theaters on April 14.
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