Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: September 22, 2021 at 19:23 PHT (GMT+8)
Broadcasting company NHK has released a promotional video (PV) for the television (TV) anime Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House (Romaji: Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san) which will air on NHK E-Tele's Saturday morning block starting Oct. 2, 2021.
The PV is available on the NHK website. The opening theme song is Ayano Tsuji's 「明日きっと」(Tomorrow for sure).
Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Aiko Koyama. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine since December 2016. The anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff premiered worldwide in February 2021 on NHK World, and now it will be followed by a Japanese broadcast on NHK E-Tele in October.
Previously aired episodes can be found here, with English subtitles.
Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜) as Kiyo
M・A・O as Sumire
Minami Takayama (高山みなみ) as Kenta
Satsumi Matsuda (松田颯水) as Tsurukoma
Kaoru Katakai (片貝薫) as Mother
Rikiya Koyama (小山力也) as Older brother
Original work: Aiko Koyama
Director: Yohei Suzuki
Series composition: Susumu Yamakawa
Music: Go Sakabe
Animation production: J.C.Staff
Production: NHK Enterprises
Production / Copyright: NHK
A maiko (舞妓) is an apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan. People who become maiko are usually aged between 17 to 20 years old, and graduate to geisha status after a period of training. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen or other traditional Japanese instruments for visitors during banquets and parties, known as ozashiki.
Synopsis from MAL:
Kiyo and Sumire came to Kyoto from Aomori Prefecture, dreaming of becoming maiko. But after an unexpected turn of events, Kiyo starts working as the live-in cook at the Maiko House. Their story unfolds in the Kagai, the Geiko and maiko district in Kyoto, alongside their housemate maikos. Kiyo nourishes them daily with her home-cooked meals, and Sumire strives toward her promising future as the once-in-a-century maiko.
Step into the glamorous Kagai, warm your heart with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and Kiyo's kitchen episodes. Stay tuned for this touching tale of 2 childhood friends lifting each other up as they grow together.