Shoujo manga artist Robico (My Little Monster) provides the original character designs
Fuji TV has announced that a new original TV anime Bakuten!! is set to premiere in its midnight-programming block Noitamina in April 2021, posting a first key visual and a 50-second teaser PV. Its story is set in Iwanuma-city, Miyagi Prefecture, and focuses on the members of a high school men's rhythmic gymnastics team. The title "Bakuten" literally means back handspring in Japanse, but may have another meaning in the story.
Bakuten!! is one of the three anime titles of Fuji TV's "Zutto Ouen. Project 2011+10…" to support each of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures in 2021, the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The other two titles are an original anime feature film Hula Fulla Dance set in Fukushima and an anime film adaptation of Sachiko Kashiwaba's Misaki no Mayoiga novel set in Iwate.
The anime begins when the protagonist Shotaro Aoba, who was fascinated by men's rhythmic gymnastics in the summer of his third year of junior high, entered Soshukan High School and joined its men's rhythmic gymnastics club. The story follows how he runs together as a team towards a single goal along with his unique seniors and his classmate, Ryoya Misato, who was famous for his junior high school career in men's rhythmic gymnastics.
The first key visual:
Main voice cast:
- Shotaro Futaba: Shinba Tsuchiya (Tatara Fujita in Welcome to the Ballroom)
- Ryoya Misato: Kaito Ishikawa (Tenya Iida in My Hero Academia)
- Masamune Nagahama: Daisuke Ono (Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler)
- Keisuke Tsukidate: Takashi Kondo (Hayato Hayama in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
- Nagayoshi Onagawa: Hiro Shimono (Ranpo Edogawa in Bungo Stray Dogs)
- Kotaro Watari: Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi Ackerman in Attack on Titan)
- Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (The Great Passage)
- Series composition/Scripts: Toshizou Nemoto (Macross Delta)
- Original character designer: Robico (My Little Monster manga author)
- Anime character designer/Chief animation director: Yuka Shibata (After the Rain)
- Anime production: ZEXCS (Shadowverse)
©Bakuten Production Committee