The official website for the television anime of Yūgo Kobayashi‘s Aoashi manga revealed more cast members, a new visual, and theme song information on Saturday for the show’s second cours (quarter of a year).
Superfly will perform the new opening theme song “Presence” and Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai will perform the new ending theme song “Color Lily no Koibumi.”
The new cast members include:
Takuya Eguchi as Akinori Kaneda
Kōtarō Nishiyama as Junnosuke Nakano
Yūki Ono as Chiaki Mutō
Tomoaki Maeno as Kōji Satake
Kei Shindou as Miyako Tachibana
The anime premiered on the NHK Educational channel on April 9, and airs on Saturdays at 6:25 p.m. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs.
Akira Sato (Release the Spyce) is directing the anime at Production I.G. Masahiro Yokotani (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, All Out!!, Tropical-Rouge! Precure) is in charge of the series scripts. Manabu Nakatake, Toshie Kawamura, Asuka Yamaguchi, and Saki Hasegawa are all credited for character design, with Natake and Yamaguchi also credited as chief animation directors. Naho Seike, Yukiko Watabe, Miho Daidouji, and Eisuke Shirai are credited as sub-character designers. Kenichi Takeshita, Jun Soga, and Kenji Iizuka are credited for soccer supervision. Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music.
The manga centers on third-year middle school student Ashito Aoi, who lives in Ehime prefecture. Ashito has a strong talent in soccer, but he tries to hide it. Due to his very straightforward personality, he causes a disaster that serves as a huge setback for him. Then, Tatsuya Fukuya — a veteran of the strong J-Club team Tokyo City Esperion and coach of the club’s youth team — appears in front of Ashito. Tatsuya sees through Ashito and sees his talent, and invites him to try out for the youth team in Tokyo.
Kobayashi launched the manga in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. The manga is based on an original story concept by Naohiko Ueno.
Sources: Aoashi anime’s website, Comic Natalie