AOASHI Premieres April 9, Reveals New Visual & Additional Cast

AOASHI new key visual
© 2022 Yugo KOBAYASHI, Shogakukan / Aoashi Project

A new key visual for the upcoming AOASHI anime was revealed, along with information about additional cast members. The upcoming soccer anime is scheduled to premiere this spring on April 9. Production I.G is handling animation production and Crunchyroll has licensed the series for streaming outside of Asia. 

Joining the anime cast are Shunsuke Takeuchi as Nagisa Akutsu and Yuuichirou Umehara as Haruhisa Kuribayashi. 

AOASHI additional cast members
Nagisa Akutsu (left) and Haruhisa Kuribayashi (right) © 2022 Yugo KOBAYASHI, Shogakukan / Aoashi Project

Some of the previously announced cast include Kouki Osuzu as Ashito Aoi, Tatsumaru Tachibana as Eisaku Ohtomo, Seiichirou Yamashita as Souichirou Tachibana, Taku Yashiro as Keiji Togashi, and Shun Horie as Kanpei Kuroda. 

Akira Satou (Release the Spyce) will be the series director while Masahiro Yokotani (Tropical-Rouge! Precure) will be in charge of scriptwriting. Manabu Nakatake (Sket Dance), Toshie Kawamura (Precure Super Stars!), Asuka Yamaguchi (True Cooking Master Boy Season 2), and Saki Hasegawa (True Cooking Master Boy) are the series’ character designers. Masaru Yokoyama (Farewell, My Dear Cramer) will provide the musical score for the anime. 

AOASHI new key visual
© 2022 Yugo KOBAYASHI, Shogakukan / Aoashi Project

AOASHI is based on the manga of the same name by Yuugo Kobayashi. The series first launched in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in January 2015. 26 tankoubon volumes have been collected and published so far. 

Crunchyroll describes the series as:

“I’ll take you to the world.” Ashito Aoi is a middle schooler who lives in Ehime, and the ace of an unremarkable soccer club. The day that they lost the final tournament of middle school, Ashito runs along the ocean in frustration, before running into a man who had been watching his game.

That man is Tatsuya Fukuda, the coach of the high-school-aged Youth team of a leading J-League team, “Tokyo City Esperion FC.”

After sensing immense potential in Ashito’s still-unrefined skills, he describes his ambition. 

“I want to build a team, and use it to take over the world. Our club isn’t going to be a milestone for players who take on the world. Our club is going to be the world. And to make this happen, I’m going to need some ‘aces’ to train.” After hearing Fukuda’s offer, Ashito decides to head to Tokyo and try out for his team. 

Source: AOASHI Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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