MAPPA’s original TV anime “Taiso Samurai” (体操ザムライ) is confirmed to air on 10th October 2020. A teaser visual, the 1st PV, main cast and staff has been revealed.
The anime sheds spotlight on the Japanese gymnastics team in 2002. The anime reunites the creator of “Zombie Land Saga,” including director Hisatoshi Shimizu (清水久敏), series composition Shigeru Murakoshi (村越 繫), character design Kasumi Fukagawa (深川可純).
Daisuke Namikawa (浪川大輔) plays as the protagonist Shōtarō Aragaki (荒垣城太郎), together with other cast members: Kensho Ono (小野賢章), Rina Honnizumi (本泉莉奈), Yuuki Kaji (梶裕貴), and Kenyuu Horiuchi (堀内賢雄).
2020 年 10 月10 日（土）放送開始のTVアニメ「体操ザムライ」の解禁PVが公開されました！
— TVアニメ「体操ザムライ」公式 (@taiso_samurai) August 13, 2020
The story is set in the year 2002 in the once powerful Japanese men’s gymnastics team. Shōtarō Aragaki, the former Japanese team member who devoted his life to gymnastics, is no longer able to compete to his expectations. Despite still training strenuously day after day, he is advised to retire by his coach Amakusa. However, a certain encounter alters Aragaki’s fate.
▍Staff and Production
- Original Story: Snack Mary
- Director: Hisatoshi Shimizu (清水久敏)
- Series Composition: Shigeru Murakoshi (村越 繫)
- Character Design: character design Kasumi Fukagawa (深川可純)
- Chief Animation Director: Fumihide Sai (崔ふみひで)
- Art Director: Masatoshi Kai (甲斐政俊)
- Color Design: Azusa Sasaki (佐々木梓)
- Photography Director: Mitsuhiro Sato (佐藤光洋)
- Editing: Keisuke Yanagi (柳 圭介)
- Music: Masaru Yokoyama (横山 克)
- Animation: MAPPA
▍Characters and Cast
- Shōtarō Aragaki (荒垣城太郎) – CV: Daisuke Namikawa (浪川大輔)
- Leonardo – CV: Kensho Ono (小野賢章)
- Rei Aragaki (荒垣 玲) – CV: Rina Honnizumi (本泉莉奈)
- Tetsuo Minamino (南野鉄男) – CV: Yuuki Kaji (梶裕貴)
- Noriyuki Amakusa (天草紀之) – CV: Kenyuu Horiuchi (堀内賢雄)
The series will premiere at 25:30 a.m. on October 10 (effectively, 1:30 a.m. on October 11) in TV Asahi‘s NUMAnimation block. Asahi Broadcasting (ABC) and TV Asahi announced on Wednesday that NUMAnimation will expand to station affiliates throughout Japan, starting in October. In addition, the series will premiere simultaneously on the Abema TV streaming service in Japan.