“3-gatsu no Lion”, a popular comic series featuring the world of shogi (Japanese chess), has been decided to be broadcasted on NHK TV starting from October, 2016.
This time, the main cast of the TV anime series “3-gatsu no Lion” has been revealed. Kengo Kawanishi who voiced Augus Mikazuki from “Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-blooded Orphans” is doing Rei Kiriyama, Ai Kayano who voiced Meiko Honma from “Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku wa Mada Shiranai” is doing Akari Kawamoto, Kana Hanazawa who voiced Nadeko Sengoku from “Monogatari Series” and Misaki Kuno who voiced Hawk from “Nanatsu no Taizai” is doing Momo Kawamoto. Enthusiastic comments have arrived from the casts!
“3-gatsu no Lion”, Main Casts Revealed!
Kengo Kawanishi as Rei Kiriyama
I’m truly glad to receive a role of the main character of this wonderful work “3-gatsu no Lion”. When I heard about the audition, I really wanted to get involved in this work. So when I heard that I passed the audition from my manager, it surprised me a lot. I read original comic series and thought it was really good with its drawings and individuality of each character that are very attractive, and how serious scenes and scenes for laughs are clearly separated. It heard that the live-action movie will be made for this series next year but I will be acting Rei Kiriyama in my own way so please watch “3-gatsu no Lion” on TV.
Ai Kayano as Akari Kawamoto
I am Ai Kayano and will be acting Akari Kawamoto, an oldest sister of three.
I have been waiting for the day of the recording with excitement like when I get the day before a picnic. A single word is not enough to fully express allures of this anime series.
I would like to cherish each moment of the recording together with other casts and staffs.
Kana Hanazawa as Hinata Kawabata
I’m really happy to be involved in my favorite series.
I would like to act Hinata cherishing her honest and kind characteristic. I will do my best while cheering Rei and Kawamoto family!!!
It’s still a while before its broadcast but do look forward to seeing characters moving on TV!!
Misaki Kuno as Momo Kawamoto
Breathing in and out every day, I sometimes feel my breath cold. But when I first met Momo, I thought that the air she breathes would be gentle and warm. With my acting, I would like to express shining things reflected on Momo’s eyes.
I will be doing my best so look forward to the broadcast.
TV Anime Series “3-gatsu no Lion”
“3-gatsu no Lion” is a popular comic series by Chika Umino who is known with her work such as “Honey and Clover” which is currently serialized in Young Animal (Hakusensha). Comics are available up to volume 11. It received the 4th Manga Award 2011 in 2011, the 35th Kodansha Manga Award (General section), the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Manga Award in 2014 and the 1st place in comic section of “Da Vinci” “BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015” in 2015. TV anime series will be broadcasted on NHK TV starting from October, 2016 and the two-part live-action movie will be made in spring of 2017.
Rei Kiriyama, a main character, is a professional shogi (Japanese chess) player who has a deep wound in his heart from the loss of his family in the accident when he was little. Rei who lives in Shitamachi, Tokyo started to change little by little after meeting with the three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo. This is a kind story in which various people are finding “something” they lost again, and is also a story of fight.
Original Creator : Chika Umino (Hakusensha, serialized in Young Animal)
Director : Akiyuki Shinbou
Character Design : Nobuhiro Sugiyama
Art Setting : Yasuhiro Nakura
Art Director : Seiki Tamura
Sound Director : Toshiki Kameyama
Music : Yukari Hashimoto
Animation Production : SHAFT
Opening Theme : BUMP OF CHICKEN’s newly drawn song (details to be available)
Ending Theme : BUMP OF CHICKEN’s “Fighter”
Rei Kiriyama : Kengo Kawanishi
Akari Kawamoto : Ai Kayano
Hinata Kawamoto : Kana Hanazawa
Momo Kawamoto : Misaki Kuno
TV Anime Series “3-gatsu no Lion” starts its broadcast on NHK TV starting from October, 2016