Upcoming TV anime adaptation of muscle-training manga ‘How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?’ (ンベル何キロ持てる？) recently reveals a key visual and more cast members. The anime will premiere in July.
Kaito Ishikawa (石川 界人), who voices Naruzō Machio (街雄鳴造), a young trainer at the gym. He will join Ai Fairouz (あいファイルーズ) in singing the opening theme song ‘Onegai Muscle’ (お願いマッスル) as their characters. Also, the ending theme song ‘Macho A Name?’ (マッチョアネーム？) will be performed by Ishikawa.
The series is animated by Doga Kobo and directed by Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (八犬伝 ―東方八犬異聞) director Mitsue Yamazaki (山崎光恵), with Fumihiko Shimo (志茂 文彦) handling series composition, and Ai Kikuchi (菊池愛) designing the characters.
▍About How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
It follows the story of high-school girl Sakura Hibiki, who has an insatiable appetite. Noticing she is gaining weight, she is desperate to lose weight. She wants to enroll in the nearby gym, but the high ratio of macho men scares her off. Thankfully a handsome trainer, Machio, appears and convinces her to start her quest to a great body.
The manga is written by Yabako Sandrovich (サンドロビッチ・ヤバ子) and illustrated by MAAM. It has been serialized via Shogakukan’s (小学館) Ura Sunday website and MangaONE app since 2016 and has been collected in six tankobon volumes.
▍Characters and Casts
■ Hibiki Sakura (紗倉 ひび) – CV: Ai Fairouz (あいファイルーズ)
■ Akemi Sōryūin (奏流院 朱美) – CV: Sora Amamiya (雨宮 天)
■ Ayaka Uehara (上原 彩也香) – CV: Shizuka Ishigami (石上 静香)
■ Zina Void (ジーナ・ボイド) – CV: Nao Tōyama (東山 奈央)
■ Satomi Tachibana (立花里美) – CV: Yui Horie (堀江 由衣)
■ Naruzō Machio (街雄鳴造) – CV: Kaito Ishikawa (石川 界人)