Mahjong Soul Pon☆ (Jong-Tama Pong☆), the “comical” tv anime shorts adaptation of Cat Food Studio and Yostar‘s free-to-play mahjong sport Mahjong Soul (Jong-Tama or Jan-Tama/majsoul), posted a web-only particular episode on YouTube on Tuesday. The video options digital YouTubers Ito Life and Tsukasa Tenkai, in addition to skilled mahjong participant Takaharu Ooi.

The anime stars: (left to proper in prime row then backside, character identify romanizations not confirmed)

  • Yūki Ono as Wanjirō
  • Maaya Uchida as Ichi-hime
  • Mariya Ise as as Kaguya-hime
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Hideki Akitomo
  • Ami Koshimizu as Yui Yagi
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Osamu Saitō

The anime will premiere on April 1. Crunchyroll will stream the anime because it airs in Japan.

Kenshirō Morii (Anime-Gataris, BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico, Grand Blues!) is directing the anime at Scooter Films, and Alke is credited with animation cooperation. Morii can also be overseeing and writing the collection scripts. Motoki Nakanishi is the assistant director. Sōshi Kinutani is adapting the character designs for animation, Noriko Tsutsui is the artwork director, Takatoshi Hamano is the sound director, and Shintarō Mori is composing the music.

The Chinese sport firm Cat Food Studio developed the web mahjong sport and launched it in China in 2018. Yostar debuted it in Japan as an online browser sport in April 2019. The sport can also be now out there as an app on iOS and Android gadgets. The sport is free-to-play, however gamers can replace their avatar characters and equipment with random microtransactions.

Sources: Mahjong Soul Pon☆ anime’s YouTube channel, Comic Natalie, Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web