It has been announced that Kosuke Hamada’s manga Hanebad! (The Badminton Play of Ayano Hanesaki!), which is currently being serialized in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon, will get an anime adaptation. The anime is to air in summer 2018 and we’ve got hold of official comments from main cast members Owada Hitomi and Miyuri Shimabukuro!
Hanebad! is following the story of the girls in the badminton club at prefectural Kitakomachi High School. The two main characters are first-year Ayano Hanesaki, who has excellent reflexes but dodges badminton, and Nagisa, who is a third-year student and aims to become Japan’s No.1 and practices very hard. Besides Ayano and Nagisa Aragaki are fellow friends and their coach, who supports the club, as well as rivals filled with individuality.
Liden Films, who produced the TV anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan, will be in charge of Hanebad!‘s anime production, Shinpei Ezaki (Monster Strike The Movie) is to direct, Taku Kishimoto is in charge of series composition, Satoshi Kimura is the character designer, Kazuhiro Wakabayashi the sound director, and Tatsuya Kato is to produce the music. A wonderful and expert team have got together in order to produce this anime adaptation.
The main character Ayano Hanesaki will be played by Alice & Zouroku‘s Hitomi Owada. Nagisa Aragaki will be played by the same actress that will voice Yuuna Yunohana in Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Miyuri Shimabukuro. Owada commented about Ayano: ‘She’s friendly, bubbly, hates to lose, and yet, she is somewhat unstable… a mysterious child’. Shimabukuro said about Nagisa: ‘She is sparkling because of the feeling of frustration, anguish, and danger. She is a cool girl and it seems that her high pride comes from the amount of time she is practicing.’ Both actresses expressed their first impressions of their characters and expanded their expectations to co-star with a contrasting heroine.
The powerful teaser visual shows off the two heroines’ in-game and the teaser promotional video lets you feel the speed of a badminton match. The shuttlecock is flying at ultra-high speeds because of the strong feelings put in each sway. We can only wait patiently for this youthful badminton story.