We learned back in March that the creator behind Hanayamata has another of their manga properties getting an anime adaptation with Ochikobore Fruit Tart, or Dropout Idol Fruit Tart. A new updated has now landed with the first round of casting for it having surfaced with the release of the fourth volume of the property. The series has Keiichiro Kawaguchi directing based on the series composition by him and Tatsuya Takahashi. Sumie Kinoshita is handling the character designs with studio feel working on the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Hiyori Nitta as Ino Sakura
- Risa Kubota as Roko Sekino
- Haruka Shiraishi as Hayu Nukui
- Reina Kondo as Nina Maehara
- Kyōka Moriya as Hemo Midori
The manga by Sou Hamayumiba began in 2015 and has four volumes out so far.
Plot Concept: First-year high school student Ino Sakura heads to Tokyo to pursue becoming an idol. She teams up with fellow Nezumi Dorm residents — unpopular former child actor Roko, musician Hayu, and model Nina — to form the new idol unit Fruit Tart. These dropout idols get back on their feet and enter the world of show business to prevent their dorm from being demolished.