Disney’s Disney+ streaming service added the Dance Dance Danseur and Tomodachi Game anime last week, and also added the Aoashi anime on May 4. Ani-One Asia is the license holder for both Dance Dance Danseur and Tomodachi Game.
Dance Dance Danseur, the anime of George Asakura‘s manga of the same name, premiered in Japan on April 8.
The manga centers on Junpei Murao, who was fascinated with ballet as a child, but in his second year of middle school, his father passed away and he decided he needed to become more “masculine,” and he gave up on his aspirations. While still having an attachment to ballet, he takes up the martial art of Jeet Kune Do, and becomes popular in his class. Then one day, a new transfer student named Miyako Godai arrives in Junpei’s class, and her mother runs a ballet studio. Miyako realizes that Junpei is interested in ballet, and invites him to do ballet together.
Munehisa Sakai (Zombie Land Saga) is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Yoshimi Narita (My Senpai Is Annoying, Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.) is in charge of the series scripts. Hitomi Hasegawa (Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather animation director) is designing the characters. Naoya Homan is the dance choreographer, and Hajime Ohtani is the ballet technical director with ballet animation directors Tsuyoshi Kuwahara and Atsushi Ogasawara. MICHIRU is composing the music.
Tomodachi Game, the anime of Yuki Sato‘s manga of the same name, premiered in Japan on April 6.
The story, based on Mikoto Yamaguchi‘s original concept, centers on Yūichi Katagiri, a young man with a perfect student life who has four friends with difficult lives. His peaceful daily life comes to an end when 2 million yen (about US$20,000) in school trip fees goes missing. Riddles unfold as Yūichi gets caught up in a mysterious game for money and must decide whether friendship or money matters more.
Hirofumi Ogura (Cells at Work!, Black Butler II) is directing the anime at Okuru to Noboru, and Kenta Ihara (Saga of Tanya the Evil, Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Satomi Miyazaki is designing the characters. Studio Tulip‘s Si Man Wei (Edens Zero) is the art director, while Studio Tulip‘s Tsukasa Ohira (No Game, No Life) is in charge of art setting. Aiko Mizuno (Cells at Work!) is the color key artist. Yomogiko Murano (Attack on Titan The Final Season, Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life) is the compositing director of photography. MICHIRU (BEM, Ascendance of a Bookworm) is composing the music. Hiroto Morishita (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU) is directing the sound at Studio Mouse.
Aoashi, the television anime of Yūgo Kobayashi‘s manga of the same name, premiered in Japan on April 9.
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.
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.