The official website for the television anime adaptation of Broccoli‘s Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel began streaming the show’s second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews KENN‘s opening theme song “Tsukiakari no Rhapsodia.”
The video reveals that the show will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 11:00 p.m., before airing later that evening on TV Aichi. The show will also air on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji, and will stream in Japan on U-NEXT and other streaming services.
Akitarō Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is directing the television anime at TMS Entertainment, and Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director. The anime will feature three ending theme songs: “Hoshikuzu no Yomibito” by KENN and Daisuke Namikawa, “Mellow na Yoru ni Odorimashō” by Shinnosuke Tachibana and Nobuhiko Okamoto, and “Yoiya Yoiya” by Kousuke Toriumi and Jun Fukuyama.
Most of the anime’s cast is returning from the game, while Yoshimasa Hosoya is returning to voice the character Tōsuke Iwasaki, an original character from the previous anime film. Sumire Morohoshi is also returning from the film to voice the heroine Mei Ayazuki.
The full cast includes:
- Sumire Morohoshi as Mei Ayazuki
- Daisuke Namikawa as Ōgai Mori
- KENN as Shunsō Hishida
- Kousuke Toriumi as Otojirō Kawakami
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kyōka Izumi
- Jun Fukuyama as Gorō Fujita
- Shinnosuke Tachibana as Yakumo Koizumi
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Tōsuke Iwasaki
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Charlie
Broccoli‘s Meiji Tokyo Renka visual novel romance franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in 2013. A live-action series and film have also been green-lit, and will premiere in 2019. A new iOS and Android game titled Meiji Tokyo Renka Haikara Date was originally slated for this summer, but has not yet launched.
The anime film adaptation of the game opened in Japan in 2015. The film’s website describes the story’s prologue: On an evening lit by a crimson full moon, an ordinary high school girl named Mei Ayazuki meets a self-proclaimed magician named Charlie at a festival. Through Charlie’s magic, she time-travels to the Meiji era in Tokyo, where she meets and falls in love with various great historical figures from that time period.
Sources: TMS Entertainment‘s YouTube channel, Tokyo Meiji Renka anime’s website