We learned back in March 2019 that the creator behind Hanayamata has another of their manga properties getting an anime adaptation with Ochikobore Fruit Tart, or Dropout Idol Fruit Tart. The series was still set with a summer 2020 plan as recent as the end of May when we got our last round of casting updates but that’s now been postponed. The series has moved from its planned July premiere to an October premiere as part of the fall season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and slowdowns in production that have occurred.
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, Yōko Hikasa as Hoho Kajino, Kaoru Sakura as Chiko Sekino, Yū Sasahara as Nua Nakamachi, Takako Tanaka as Rua Nakamachi, Rena Maeda as Riri Higashi, and Yuiko Tatsumo as Tone Honmachi.
The manga by Sou Hamayumiba began in 2015 and has four volumes out so far.
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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.