The music-oriented Blue Orchestra anime has revealed a new key visual, as well as details on its main cast and the corresponding performers for each character.
- Shoya Chiba as Hajime Aono
- Ai Kakuma as Ritsuko Akine
- Shimba Tsuchiya as Nao Saeki
- Minako Sato as Haru Kozakura
- Makoto Furukawa as Ichiro Yamada
- Lynn as Shizuka Tachibana
- Shintarō Asanuma as Yo Hatori
- Junya Enoki as So Harada
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Ryujin Aono
- Ryota Higashi as Hajime Aono
- Yurie Yamada as Ritsuko Akine
- Takuto Owari as Nao Saeki
- Kyoko Ogawa as Haru Kozakura
- Harumi Sato as Ichiro Yamada
- Karen Kido as Shizuka Tachibana
- Tomotaka Seki as Yo Hatori
- María Dueñas as So Harada
- Hilary Hahn as Ryujin Aono
NHK, NHK Enterprises, and Nippon Animation will be working on the anime’s production. Seiji Kishi is directing the series, with Yuuko Kakihara on the series composition. Meanwhile, Kazuaki Morita is on the character designs, Akira Kosemura is composing the music and Satoki Iida is the sound director. The anime is set to premiere this April 9.
Ao no Orchestra (Blue Orchestra) is based on a manga by Makoto Akui, serialized since 2017 on Shogakukan’s Manga ONE app. Shogakukan is also publishing physical copies in the Ura Sunday Magazine. The plot is described as:
Hajime Aono, influenced by his father who is a violinist, competed in competitions until the first grade of junior high school. When his father left home, Hajime became apathetic and distanced himself from the violin. However, in the fall of his junior year of high school, he met Ritsuko Akine. Through teaching her the violin, he faced music again.
Aono reaffirmed his enjoyment of music, and together with Akine, he enrolled in Umimaku High School, which has a strong orchestra club. Through friendly competition with rivals and friends, Aono confronts himself and his past and refines his talent. Aono, as well as his family and the other members of the club, face a variety of problems related to their talents. Overcoming their own problems, they work together to create their own performance for the regular concert. A coming-of-age ensemble drama in which the members come together through music.
Source: Comic Natalie
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