New cast play members of Hōjō High School badminton club
The official website for the television anime of Asami Koseki‘s Love All Play badminton novel revealed two more cast members for the show on Saturday. Both characters are members of the Hōjō High School badminton club, which is a rival to the Yokoyama-Minato High School team.
Hiroyuki Yoshino as Shōji Okazaki
Masamu Ono as Tetsuya Arimura
The anime premiered on April 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
Hiroshi Takeuchi (Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief storyboarder, Blade & Soul, Horizon probe) is directing the anime at Nippon Animation and OLM. Tomoko Konparu (Uta no Prince-sama – Water Love 1000%, Nodame Cantabile) is supervising the series scripts and writing them with Miharu Hirami (Kodocha, The New Adventures of Kimba The White Lion), Shingo Irie (All Out!!, Kuroko’s Basketball), and Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken, Shirobako). Riko Kaneda is designing the characters, and Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Welcome to the Ballroom, Shaman King) is composing the music.
Sporting goods maker YONEX is supervising and collaborating on the designs for the anime. YONEX assisted on a previous badminton anime, Hanebad! from 2018.
The story follows Ryō Mizushima, who joined his middle school’s badminton team full of motivation — but without a proper coach, ended up in obscurity. Nevertheless, he did eventually reach the prefectural tournament on his physical strength. Now he joins the prestigious Yokohama-Minato High School’s badminton team under the legendary coach Ebihara and is surrounded by talented teammates. He strives to become a top athlete and take his high school team to the inter-high tournament.
Poplar’s Pureful imprint published the first Love All Play novel in May 2011, and Koseki has since written three more follow-up novels. Dam Miyata’s manga adaptation of the anime launched on April 8.
Sources: Love All Play anime’s website and Twitter accountMainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web