With its premiere just a few days away, the official site for the anime adaptation of the manga series from NAOE called Aoharu x Kikanju finally has its first promotional video. The 90 second piece gives us a good look at the cast, the opening song and some of the voice actors getting to chime in along the way. It works primarily to introduce a bit of the action and the overall designs. The series is set to premiere on July 2nd, 2015.
The series is set to be directed by Hideaki Nakano based on scripts by Kenji Konuta. Character designs are coming from Junko Yamanaka, who is also serving as chief animation director. The animation is being produced at Brains Base.
The previously announced cast included Mikako Komatsu as Hotaru Tachibana, Tomoaki Maeno as Masamune Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tohru Yukimura, Kazuyuki Okitsu as Nagamasa Midori, Eri Kitamura as Ichi Akabane, Ryohei Kimura as Takatora Fujimoto and Yui Horie as Kanae Yajima.
The property is NAOE’s first work, which started off as a one-shot that appeared in Gangan Online back in the summer of 2011 and then spent some time being reworked into an ongoing series, which kicked off in the summer of 2012 in GFantasy magazine. It has six volumes out so far, of which you can see the covers for below.
Plot concept: Matsuoka and Yukki were close friends who dreamed of becoming professional soccer players together. But their hopes were dashed when Yukki moved away due to family issues. Years pass and Matsuoka is now a host while Yukki has become a hentai mangaka. Matsuoka meets Yukki again while the latter is fleeing from his editor, and is soon introduced to his childhood friend’s latest obsession…