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Soccer anime 'Ao Ashi' releases first PV for April 2022 broadcast

The first PV introduces the main cast along with the OP & ED themes.


By: Nicole S. Castro on March 14, 2022 at 18:04 PHT

The first promotional video is out for the TV anime adaptation of Yūgo Kobayashi's soccer manga series Ao Ashi (アオアシ).


The series airs on April 9, 2022 on NHK ETV. It is produced by Production I.G.

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The original manga for Ao Ashi by Yūgo Kobayashi has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits since January 2015.


In 2020, the manga won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award for the general category.


The first PV features protagonist Ashito Aoi (CV: Kōki Ohsuzu) and cast facing their first set of challenges at the Tokyo Esperion youth academy


The featured opening theme song is 「無心拍数」 (Unofficial English: Limitless Heartbeat) by Jrock band Alexandros. Meanwhile, the ending theme song is Blue Diary by Rinne (Rin音).



Cast

  • Eisaku Ohtomo (CV: Tatsumaru Tachibana 橘龍丸)

  • Sōichirō Tachibana (CV: Seiichirō Yamashita 山下誠一郎)

  • Keiji Togashi (CV: Taku Yashiro 八代拓)

  • Kanpei Kuroda (CV: Shun Horie 堀江瞬)

  • Jun Mathis Asari (Cv: Wataru Katō 加藤渉)

  • Yūma Motoki (CV: Junya Enoki 榎木淳弥)

  • Ryūichi Takeshima (CV: Kentaro Kumagai 熊谷健太郎)

  • Nagisa Akutsu (CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi 武内駿輔)

  • Haruhisa Kuribayashi (CV: Yūichirō Umehara 梅原裕一郎)

  • Taira Nakamura (CV: Kensho Ono 小野賢章)

  • Yōichi Kiriki (CV: Koki Uchiyama 内山昂輝)

  • Eita Takasugi (CV: Makoto Furukawa 古川慎)

  • Kenta Yoshitsune (CV: Kazuyuki Okitsu 興津 和幸)

  • Hana Ichijō (CV: Maki Kawase 河瀬茉希)

  • Anri Kaidō (CV: Reina Ueda 上田 麗奈)

  • Tatsuya Fukuda (CV: Chikahiro Kobayashi 小林親弘)

  • Nozomi Date (CV: Hiroki Yasumoto 安元洋貴)

  • Noriko Aoi (CV: Mie Sonozaki 園崎未恵)

  • Shun Aoi (CV: Yoshiki Nakajima 中島ヨシキ)




Staff

  • Original: Yūgo Kobayashi's "Ao Ashi" (serialized in Shogakukan's "Weekly Big Comic Spirits")

  • Director: Akira Sato

  • Series composition: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Deputy Director: Jun Soga

  • Soccer supervision: Kenichi Takeshita, Jun Soga, Kenji Iizuka

  • Character design: Manabu Nakatake, Toshie Kawamura, Asuka Yamaguchi, Saki Hasegawa

  • Sub-character design: Naho Seike, Yukiko Watanabe, Miho Daidouji, Eisuke Shirai, Masayuki Honda

  • Animation director: Manabu Nakatake, Asuka Yamaguchi

  • Props design: Arisa Ito, Miori Tsusaka

  • Color design: Emiko Ueno

  • Art directors: Tsukasa Kakizakai, Yusuke Takeda

  • Art setting: Kazushige Kanehira, Iizo

  • 2D Works: Akiko Hamanaka

  • Pre-visualization: Tsunori Maeshima

  • 3D: Shiguma Morimoto

  • Cinematographer: Maiko Imazeki

  • Editor: Yoshinori Murakami

  • Sound director: Shoji Hata

  • Music: Masaru Yokoyama

  • Animation production: Production I.G



Synopsis

Ashito Aoi is a young, aspiring soccer player from a backwater town in Japan. His hopes of getting into a high school with a good soccer club are dashed when he causes an incident during a critical match for his team, which results in their loss and elimination from the tournament. Nevertheless, he catches the eye of someone important who happened to be visiting from Tokyo. How will things turn out for Ashito? (from MyAnimeList)



Source: Ao Ashi official Twitter, official website, Comic Natalie

 

NICOLE S. CASTRO

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Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.



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