The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U149 New Trailer Previews OP, Reveals April 5 Premiere

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The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U149 anime adaptation has received a new trailer that previews its cast of idols (and their producer) and the opening song, “Shine In The Sky.” The trailer also reveals April 5 to be the show’s Japanese premiere date.

The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U149 is based on the manga by Kyowno, which is a spin-off of The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls. The story follows a group of under-149cm idols and their new short and young producer. 

Manabu Okamoto (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) is directing with Takashima Hiroyuki (Symphogear XV co-action animator) as assistant director, Norie Igawa (Cinderella Girls 10th Anniversary Celebration Animation “Eternity Memories”) as character designer, Kazuhiro Inoue (Higurashi: When They Cry — Gou and Sotsu) as art director, Makiko Doi (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) as color designer, Yoshihiro Sekiya (Inu-Oh) as photography director, and Nippon Columbia as music composer. CygamesPictures is the animation production company.

Meanwhile, the cast includes Amina Satou as Arisu Tachibana, Haruka Terui as Momoka Sakurai, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Miria Akagi, Hana Tamegai as Risa Matoba, Makoto Koichi as Haru Yuuki, Asaka Imai as Chie Sasaki, Natsumi Haruse as Kaoru Ryuzaki, Misaki Kuno as Nina Nichihara, and Yuuki Yonai as Producer.

The manga began in 2016 and has 10 tankoubon volumes as of April 2022. It is serialized on Cygames’ Cycomi app and published by Kodansha under the Cycomi label.

Bandai Namco Entertainment’s The Idolmaster (stylized as THE iDOLM@STER) multimedia franchise begin with a 2005 arcade game that was ported to the Xbox 360 in 2007. It spawned multiple other games as well as anime, with the latter including series like 2007’s Idolmaster: Xenoglossia, 2011’s The Idolmaster, 2015’s The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, 2017’s The Idolmaster SideM, and the upcoming The Idolmaster Million Live!, which is also set to premiere in Japan in 2023. The franchise has also inspired radio shows, drama CDs, soundtrack releases, and print media. 

Source: @u149_anime

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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