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A new ad has appeared for the Handa-kun anime based Satsuki Yoshino’s  manga, which gives a preview of the Fo‘xTails opening theme ‘The LiBERTY’. The video also makes the announcement of three more cast, with Please tell me! Galko-chan‘s Kaede Hondo as Miyoko Kinjo, The Comic Artist and His Assistants‘ Miku Ito as Maiko Mori, and Dimension W‘s Kimiko Saito as Juri.

The series premiering July 7th, as announced with a promo from earlier in June, stars Nobunaga Shimazaki, known for playing Free!‘s Haruka Nanase, as the pessimistic calligrapher Sei Handa. Joining him, his previously announced fellow cast members include:

Yuya Hirose as Junichi Aizawa
Kazuyuki Okitsu (Toradora!‘s Hisamitsu Noto)as Takao Kawafuji
Tetsuya Kakihara (Fairy Tail‘s Natsu Dragneel) as Reo Nikaido
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Haikyu!!’s Asahi Azumane) as Akane Tsutsui
Daiki Yamashita (Log Horizon‘s Toya) as Yukio Kondo

Yoshitaka Koyama of Rune Soldier and Noramimi is directing the series at diomedea, with Michiko Yokote of Shirobako and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches supervising and penning scripts. Yokote is joined by scriptwriters Mariko Kunisawa of Hatsukoi Limited and Miharu Hirami of Blue Spring Ride. Mayuko Matsumoto is designing characters alongside KanColle teammate Kaori Kikuna, also of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, as art director. Fairy Tail‘s Yuji Oka is the editor, and Ken Ito of High School DxD New is composing music at Lantis. Fo’xTails performs the opening theme ‘The LiBERTY’, while Kenichi Suzumura provides the ending theme ‘HIDE-AND-SEEK’.

Yoshino’s Handa-kun manga ended on June 11th in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, which has been running the Barakamon prequel since October 2013. Yen Press, who also publish the original Barakamon slice-of-life comedy, have licensed Handa-kun and release it both digitally and in print. They describe the manga’s story:

Handsome teenage calligrapher Sei Handa is worshipped by all his classmates as an aloof superstar–too bad Sei’s inherent negativity makes him believe that everyone actually hates him…?! A youthful comedy of misunderstanding and melancholy unfolds in the first volume of this hilarious prequel to Barakamon!

Barakamon itself inspired an anime series, which premiered in July 2014 and ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll and FUNimation both streamed new episodes as the series aired in Japan, and FUNimation has gained the distribution rights for a home video release in the US.

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