The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo!! manga began streaming on Tuesday the second character promotional video, and it highlights the character Ai Narata, voiced by Yumiri Hanamori. Narata is a former nationally renowned idol who dislikes guys.
The anime will premiere on July 3 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, and HTB.
The anime stars (not all character names are official romanizations):Sayaka Senbongi as Sarasa Watanabe Yumiri Hanamori as Ai Narata Sumire Uesaka as Sawa Sugimoto Yō Taichi as Kaoru Hoshino Rico Sasaki as Ayako Yamada Risae Matsuda as Chika Sawada Satsumi Matsuda as Chiaki Sawada Hiroki Nanami as Sei Satomi Kana Hanazawa as Hijiri Nojima Mikako Komatsu as Risa Nakayama Yuka Terasaki as Akemi Takei Junichi Suwabe as Mamoru Ando Kenji Nojima as Taichi Narata Kengo Takanashi as Akiya Shirakawa Takehito Koyasu as Kōsaburō Shirakawa
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, Haikyu!!, Madoka Magica) is designing the characters. Tsuneyoshi Saito (Fafner, PriPara) is composing the music.
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. The manga was nominated for Best Shōjo Manga in Kodansha's 44th annual Manga Awards last year.
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. This is the volume that Seven Seas Entertainment released in English under the title Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises. 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.
Sources: Kageki Shoujo!! anime's website, Comic Natalie