Marimo Ragawa’s (羅川真里茂) Tsugaru-jamisen x youth story manga “Mashiro no Oto” (ましろのおと) is confirmed to inspire a TV anime series that is set to premiere in April 2021. A teaser visual and video are revealed for the announcement.
Nobunaga Shimazaki casts the protagonist Setsu Sawamura, a 16-year-old boy, who plays shamisen on the influence of his grandfather. He later enters Umezono Academy in Tokyo and becomes a member of the Tsugaru-jamisen Lovers Club.
Hiroaki Akagi, director of “Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san,” is directing the series at Shin-Ei Animation, with Yoichi Kato handling series composition, and Jiro Mashima designing the characters. The Yoshida Brothers will supervise the tsugaru-jamisen music in the anime.
▼ Special Illustration by the manga author Marimo Ragawa
The story follows Sawamura Setsu, who was raised by his grandfather, one of the greatest Shamisen players in Japan. Since his grandfather’s death, Setsu finds his way to rediscover the passion for Shamisen.
▍Staff and Production
Original Works: Marimo Ragawa (羅川真里茂) [Serializing in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine]
Director: Hiroaki Akagi (赤城博昭)
Series Composition: Yoichi Kato (加藤環一)
Character Designer: Jiro Mashima (真島ジロウ)
Tsugaru-jamisen Supervisor: The Yoshida Brothers
Animation: Shin-Ei Animation
■ Setsu Sawamura (澤村雪) – CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki (島崎信長)