Hiroshi Takeuchi (Blade & Soul) serves as director
A TV anime adaptation of Asami Koseki's badminton-themed novel Love-All-Play is set to premiere on the Yomiuri TV / Nihon TV network across Japan in the spring of 2022.
The novel was published by Poplar Publishing for four volumes from 2011 to 2014. The author says, "About ten years ago, I met the profound and fascinating sports, badminton, and was able to write this novel by being fascinated by people who are sincerely involved in it. And the story is now given a new face as an anime. As an anime fan, I am extremely happy about this fortune, and I believe it will be a great motivation for my future works. I hope that the power of anime, which is a representative of Japanese culture, will increase the number of badminton fans in Japan and around the world."
The protagonist, Ryo Mizushima, enters a junior high school and joins the badminton club on the spur of the moment. Although there are no proper instructors at the school, Ryo's physical strength allows him to improve to the point where he is able to participate in the prefectural tournament. Then Ryo is approached by Ebihara, the famous coach of the prestigious Yokohama Minato High School badminton club. Ryo, who is indecisive and humble, hesitates to go to the school, but his older sister, Rika, who is the top student in her third year there, gives him a strong push and he decides to go. Blessed with a coach and teammates at high school, Ryo gains the experience he's been lacking and aims to win the Inter-High School Championship!
- Director: Hiroshi Takeuchi (Blade & Soul)
- Series Composition/Screenplay: Tomoko Konparu (Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits)
- Screenplay: Miharu Hirami, Shingo Irie, Michiko Yokote
- Character Design: Riko Kaneda (Let's Make a Mug Too episode animation director)
- Music: Yuuki Hayashi (Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia)
- Anime Production: Nippon Animation, OLM
Novel 1st and 4th volume covers:
© Asami Koseki, Poplar Publishing/Yokohama Minato High School Badminton Club
© Asami Koseki/Poplar Publishing