posted on 2020-10-11 03:43 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series premiered on October 10 with Funimation streaming
The staff of The Gymnastics Samurai (Taiso Samurai), the new original sports television anime from the studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Zombie Land Saga), revealed on Saturday after the first episode aired that Daisuke Namikawa, Kensho Ono, and Yuuki Kaji are performing the show's opening theme song "Shanghai Honey." The song is a cover of a song by the band Orange Range (Bleach, Naruto, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2).
MAPPA is streaming the opening movie for the anime.
The anime stars: (not all name romanizations are confirmed)Daisuke Namikawa as Shōtarō Aragaki Kensho Ono as Leonardo Yuuki Kaji as Tetsuo Minamino, Shōtarō's rival Kenyuu Horiuchi as Noriyuki Amakusa, Shōtarō's coach Rina Honnizumi as Rei Aragaki, Shōtarō's daughter Atsuko Tanaka as Mari Aragaki Kotono Mitsuishi as Tomoyo Aragaki Kappei Yamaguchi as Bigbird Aragaki Hiroyuki Yoshino as Tomoki Takizawa Nana Mizuki as Ayu Daisuke Hirakawa as Naohiko Nakanomori Kaito Ishikawa as Atsushi Dōjima Daisuke Ono as Shige Nishikiori Kengo Kawanishi as Hiro Okamachi Hiroshi Kamiya as Ryū Ryūshō Minami Tanaka as Kitty Chan Rikiya Koyama as Britney
The story is set in the year 2002 and centers on 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.
The anime reunites director Hisatoshi Shimizu (Zombie Land Saga, episode director Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution director), series script supervisor Shigeru Murakoshi (Zombie Land Saga, Dororo), and character designer Kasumi Fukagawa (Zombie Land Saga, IDOLiSH7).
Source: Press release