Eternal Boys: NEXT STAGE Anime Film Premieres in Japan on June 9

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© Manpuro/​Eternal Boys Project

A special episode of the Eternal Boys anime series titled Eternal Boys NEXT STAGE will be screened in Japanese theaters on June 9, 2023. The anime production team also released a 30-second PV trailer and poster to announce the news. 

The main voice cast includes Daisuke Hirakawa as Kentaro Sanada, Katsuyuki Konishi as Naoki Ishida, Jun Fukuyama as Haru Asai, Daisuke Namikawa as Tsuyoshi Imagawa, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Daisuke Yamanaka, and Nozomu Sasaki as Makoto Kakizaki.

The production staff includes migmi (Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?) as director, Kimiko Ueno (Uchitama?! Have You Seen My Tama?) as series screenwriter, illustrator ma2 as original character designer, Seiko Asai (Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night co-action animation director) as character designer, and Yukari Hashimoto (Komi Can’t Communicate) as music composer. Manpuku Geinou Production is credited with the anime’s original concept. LIDENFILMS is in charge of the animation production for the series. 

A manga series was launched by Manpuku Geinou Production in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene and is illustrated by Chansana. It has run in Monthly Comic Gene since April 15, 2022. A single tankoubon has been released as of November 2022. An otome spinoff novel game by coly will also be released in Japan in 2023. 

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© Manpuro/​Eternal Boys Project

HIDIVE is streaming the anime outside of Asia and describes the synopsis as: 

“The Mature Idol Project”

The latest project proposed by Manpuku Entertainment Productions, in a bid to revive the company. Experienced in the successes and failures of the business world, 6 middle-aged men now face the many hurdles of age and physical ability, whilst pursuing their goal to become idols.

In an effort to prove that old dogs can learn new tricks, and that you can still learn to shine no matter your age, these middle-aged men, at the end of their ropes, are taking a stand!

Source: Eternal Boys Official Anime 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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