MOVIC original rugby anime “number24” (ナンバー・トゥーフォー) announced premiere date on 8th January 2020.
The anime series is directed by Shigeru Kimiya (きみやしげる) and animated by PRA. Kei Mori (森慶) is credited for the original work, and MOVIC is credited with the story concept.
Rika Nakase (中瀬理香) is in charge of series composition and scripts. YukiKana (ゆき哉) is drawing the original character designs, and “Yuri!!! on Ice” animation director Saori Sakaguchi (﨑口さおり) is designing the characters for animation, and is also the chief animation director.
The story centers on Natsusa Yuzuki, who was expected to be the Ace of the college rugby team. However, he was forced to end his life as a rugby player due to certain circumstances. Joined by Ibuki Ueoka, an older player who quit rugby; Yasunari Tsuru, a younger student who disagreed Natsusa from quitting rugby; Yū Mashiro, a younger student who admires Natsusa; and Seiichirō Shingyō, Natsusa’s close childhood friend, they dream to win at the Kansai university rugby league.
▍Characters and Cast
■ Natsusa Yuzuki (柚木夏紗) – CV: Kengo Kawanishi (河西健吾)
■ Seiichirou Shingyouji (真行寺清一郎) – CV: Ryōta Suzuki (鈴木崚汰)
■ Ibuki Ueoka (上丘伊吹) – CV: Junichi Yanagita (柳田淳一)
■ Yasunari Tsuru (都留靖也) – CV: Shohei Komatsu (小松昌平)
■ Yuu Mashiro (真白 優) – CV: Ayumu Murase (村瀬 歩)
■ Gakuto Zaitsu (財津岳十) – CV: Tadokoro Hinata (田所陽向)
■ Ikuto Yufu (由布郁斗) – CV: Shinnosuke Tachibana (立花慎之介)
■ Taisei Uchinashi (内梨大成) – CV: Makoto Furukawa (古川慎)
■ Ethan Taylor – CV: Kazuyuki Okitsu (興津和幸)
■ Madoka Hongou (本郷 円) – CV: Soma Saito (齊藤壯馬)
■ Kazutaka Hongou (本郷主鷹) – CV: Kaito Ishikawa (石川界人)