Production I.G's shoujo manga adaptation scheduled for July
Following the preview video earlier in the week, there is now a TV ad for the summer anime adaptation of Io Sakisaka's shoujo manga Ao Haru Ride. Scheduled for July, Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Daily Lives of High School Boys storyboard artist and episode director) will helm the anime from Production I.G with Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke) on composition.
The premise concerns a high school girl, reunited with the one boy she felt comfortable around in middle school, except now he has a new name due to his parents' divorce and a different personality.
The main voice cast:
Maaya Uchida as Futaba Yoshioka
Yuuki Kaji as Kou Mabuchi
Ai Kayano as Yuuri Makita
Mikako Komatsu as Shuko Murao
Kenn as Aya Kominato
Daisuke Hirakawa as Youichi Tanaka
The main staff:
Original story: Io Sakisaka (Bessatsu Margaret)
Director: Ai Yoshimura
Series composition: Tomoko Konparu
Scenario: Tomoko Konparu, Yuka Yamada, Miharu Hirami
Character design: Reina Igawa
Art director: Yuji Kaneko
Art coordinator: Yukie Inose
Color design: Izumi Hirose
Photography director: Yukiko Matsumoto
Editing: Taeko Hamauzu
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Music: Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Keiko Ohsaki, Shota Hashimoto
Animation Production: Production I.G
Production: "Ao Haru Ride" Production Committee
A drama CD was offered with the recently released 10th volume of the manga.
And, there's a live-action movie planned for December with 21-year-old actress/fashion model Tsubasa Honda (FASHION STORY-Model-, It All Began When I Met You) and 26-year-old Masahiro Higashide (Crows Explode) as the leads.
Takahiro Miki, who previously worked on three live-action adaptation films based on popular manga series—Solanin (2010), Bokura ga Ita/We Were There (2012), and the upcoming Hot Road (2014)—serves as the director with the script by Tomoko Yoshida (Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru, Hot Road).
(from left) Yua Shinkawa as Shuko Murao, Ryo Yoshizawa as Aya Kominato, Izumi Fujimoto as Yuuri makita,
Yu Koyanagi as Yoichi Tanaka