The ice-skating original TV anime “Skate-Leading Stars” (スケートリーディング☆スターズ) is confirmed to premiere in January 2021. The official site starts streaming the second PV for the anime series.
“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” mastermind Gorou Taniguchi is credited as the anime’s chief director, while “Black Butler” creator Yana Toboso is the original character designer.
“You will never win against me.”
Figure skater Kensei Maeshima stopped his career when he heard those words from his rival Reo Shinozaki. Some years later, Maeshima, now a high schooler, uses his physical talent to help other clubs with various activities, while never committing to any one thing.
One day, he sees a press conference where Shinozaki announced that he was shifting from single skating to “skate-leading”, a unique form of figure skating ,where each team of five skaters earns points for technical skills and artistry.
He then met a boy named Hayato Sasugai, who knew of Maeshima’s single skating career. With the words, “I need you,” Sasugai invites Maeshima to the world of skate-leading, or competitive team-based skating.
▼1st episode cutscene
▍Staff and Production
Original Work: Gorou Taniguchi (谷口悟朗), Bandai Namco Arts,
Chief Director: Gorou Taniguchi (谷口悟朗)
Director: Toshinori Fukushima (福島 利規)
Series Composition & Script: Noboru Kimura (木村 暢)
Original Character Design: Yana Toboso ( 枢やな)
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Yoko Ito (伊東葉子)
Key Animator: Yuji Takagi (高木有詩)
Costume Original Design: Sarekanpanī (サレカンパニー)
Art Director: Yasuhiro Okumura (奥村泰浩)
Color Design: Mayumi Tanahashi (店橋真弓)
Photography Director: Yuki Hirose (廣瀬唯希)
Editing: Michi Takigawa (瀧川三智) from REAL-T
Choreography: TETSU(Bugs Under Groove)
Music: Ryo Takahashi (高橋諒)
Opening Song: “Chase the core”/ Takao Sakuma (佐久間貴生)
Ending Song: “JUMP”/ Shugo Nakamura (仲村宗悟)
■ Kensei Maeshima (前島絢晴) – CV: Yuuma Uchida (内田雄馬)
■ Hayato Sasugai (流石井隼人)– CV: Makoto Furukawa (古川慎)
■ Reo Shinozaki (篠崎怜鳳) – CV: Hiroshi Kamiya (神谷浩史)
■ Tomoyuki Kubota (窪田智之) – CV: Gen Sato (佐藤元)
■ Izumi Himekawa (姫川泉澄) – CV: Yuichiro Umehara (梅原裕一郎)
■ Akimitsu Mochizuki (望月暁光) – CV: Reo Tsuchida (土田玲央)
■ Sōta Jōnouchi (城ノ内颯太) – CV: Shōya Chiba (千葉翔也)
■ Jōtarō Terauchi (寺内正太郎) – CV: Satoshi Hino (日野聡)
■ Itsuki Kiriyama (桐山樹) – CV: Tomoaki Maeno (前野智昭)
■ Yukimitsu Mochizuki (望月雪光) – CV: Natsuki Hanae (花江夏樹)
■ Toranosuke Kurayoshi (倉吉虎之助) – CV: Kaito Takeda (竹田海渡)
■ Taiga Himuro(氷室泰冴) – CV: Yuki Ono (小野友樹)
■ Noa Kuonji (久遠寺夢空) – CV: Sōma Saitō (斉藤壮馬)
■ Hajime Ishikawa (石川一) – CV: Hirofumi Nojima (野島裕史)
■ Susumu Ishikawa(石川二) – CV: Kenji Nojima(野島健児)