The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki‘s Kageki Shoujo!! manga posted the first full promotional video and a new key visual on Friday. The website and the video reveals the anime’s main cast, the opening theme song’s artists, and July premiere:
The anime stars:
The Matsuda sisters are twins who are also playing twin sisters in the anime.
The three-member band saji is performing the opening theme song “Hoshi no Orchestra” (Starry Orchestra).
Although the anime’s title is Kageki Shoujo!!, its story will come from Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero.
Kazuhiro Yoneda (Yona of the Dawn, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness) is directing the anime at PINE JAM. Tadashi Morishita (Yona of the Dawn) is in charge of the series scripts. Takahiro Kishida (Gleipnir, Haikyuu!!, Madoka Magica) is designing the characters. Tsuneyoshi Saito (Fafner, PriPara) is composing the music.
Additional staff members include:
- Sub-Character Design: Eriko Iida, Akira Takata, Takao Maki
- Prop Design: Miyuki Koga
- Chief Animation Directors: Eriko Iida, Akira Takata, Tomoko Fukunaga
- Art Director, Art Setting: Hiromichi Tanigawa
- Color Design: Yasuji Sakagami
- Director of Photography: Yasuhiro Asagi
- Editing: Daisuke Imai
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Music Production: King Records
Saiki serialized the original manga under the title Kageki Shoujo!! (with one exclamation mark) in Shueisha‘s Jump Kai magazine from 2012 to 2014, and ended the original serialization after the magazine ceased publication in October 2014.
Saiki then launched the ongoing sequel manga under the title Kageki Shoujo!! (with two exclamation marks) in Melody in 2015. Shueisha published the 10th volume of the sequel on November 5. The manga was nominated for Best Shōjo Manga in Kodansha‘s 44th annual Manga Awards last year, but it did not win.
Shueisha published the original manga in two volumes, but re-released the series in one compiled volume in March 2019 with the title Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero (pictured left). This is the volume that Seven Seas Entertainment released in English under the title Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises on November 24. The publisher describes the story:
Like the Takarazuka Revue, the young women who go to the arts academy Kouka Kageki High School play all the parts of musical theater, be they female or male. Narada Ai is a jaded former idol performing female roles—her roommate, playing male roles, is bright-eyed country girl Watanabe Sarasa. From the school to the stage to the rest of their lives, there is no challenge these young women can’t face with their passion for performance.