VIDEO: Cute Girls Dancing Anime "Hanayamata" Preview Gets Long Version

Yosakoi Dance-themed TV anime will premiere on July 7

Following the promo earlier in the week previewing Sou Hamayumiba's Yosakoi Dance-themed manga Hanayamata, a new, long version has gone online, offering an extended look at the latest Manga Time KiraraIs the Order a Rabbit?, Sakura Trick and Kimoza!) cute girls anime. 


Atsuko Ishizuka (The Pet Girl of SakurasouNo 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 RavensUnbreakable Machine-Doll) designs the anime characters. And a Tokyo-based creator group MONACA (Haiyore! Nyaruko-sanAikatsu!) produces the music. 


The main cast, as Team Hanayamata, sings the opening while SmileY inc. (Otsubo Yuka and vocaloid producer Yuuyu P) are on the ending.



Naru Sekiya - Reina Ueda


Hana N. Fontainestand - Minami Tanaka


Yaya Sasame - Kaya Okuno


Tami Nishimikado - Yuka Otsubo


Machi Tokiwa - Manami Numakura


The anime also features 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.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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