Adaptation based on 4-panel comic by Akki Sarumi focuses on 4 girls who participate in "beam rifle" sports competitions
Ready, aim, fire! Rifle is Beautiful, a TV anime based on the 4-panel manga by Akki Sarumi about a group of high school girls with a passion for the competitive sport of "beam rifle" marksmanship, is taking aim at an October 2019 release date, and now the OP / ED theme song performers have been revealed.
The opening and ending themes will be performed by Rifling 4, an in-character voice unit composed of Hikari Kokura (CV: Machico), Izumi Shibusawa (CV: Akane Kumada), Erika Meinohama (CV: Saki Minami), and Yukio Igarashi (CV: Anna Yamaki). The opening theme is entitled "Let's go! Rifling 4!!!!", while the ending theme is entitled "Yuuyake Friends" ("Afterglow Friends").
The original Rifle is Beautiful manga is serialized in Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump digital manga magazine. The story follows Hikari Kokura, a young lady with a passion for marksmanship who enrolls at Chidori High School in order to join the beam rifle club. However, Hikari soon learns that the club is about to disbanded for lack of members, so she has to rush to recruit four other people to keep the club afloat. Later, the girls take aim at beam rifle shooting competitions, an arduous sport where the players take 60 shots at a target 10 meters away over a period of 45 minutes while wielding heavy equipment.
The Rifle is Beautiful TV anime is directed by Masanori Takahashi and features animation production by Studio 3Hz. The series will broadcast in Japan according to the following TV schedule:
- Tokyo MX: every Sunday during the 23:00 time slot beginning on October 13, 2019.
- Sun TV: every Sunday during the 25:30 time slot beginning on October 13, 2019.
- KBS Kyoto: every Sunday during the 23:30 time slot beginning on October 13, 2019.
- BS11: To be announced.
Please note that some Japanese broadcast schedules count early-morning programming as late-night programming of the previous day, so for example the 25:30 time slot on Sunday is actually at 1:30 AM JST on Monday morning.
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