The musical anime Rhapsody that premiered at Ikebukuro’s harevutai in July will begin airing in Japan on November 20. The streaming version will have a four-episode format.
Rhapsody was originally shown as an anime series as part of Live Anime “Rhapsody,” which included live performances in addition to scenes from the anime. It is also part of the larger project “innovative rock anime” Rhapsody created and overseen by music critic Youichi Shibuya and Rockin’On Group (which Shibuya is the president of), with original character designs by the manga artist Yuuki Kodama (ID:INVAADED) and character design by Kawai Momoko (Sabikui Bisco co-lead animator).
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The project began in March 2022 with the release of a music video and theme song “I Believe” as well as the announcement of the cast. Musical groups include rock bands Pink Flag and Springcross, folk band Bluebird and EDM duo System of Romance.
Red Flag play director: Mika Takahata (Id: Invaded animation production)
Director of the TV series Springcross: Takayuki Kuriyama (Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion)
Director of the TV series Bluebird: Atsushi Itagaki (Sabikui Bisco)
rent Director of the romantic drama System of Romance: Daisuke Mataga (Assistant director Sabikui Bisco)
Animation production: NAZ
Jun Suetsugu as Kazuma Mochino (lead vocalist/guitarist)
Junta Terashima as Itsuki Mikai (guitarist)
• Kouhei Yanagi as Taku Kitase (bassist)
Takuya Masumoto as Arata Kosegawa (drummer)
Haru no Jujika
Tatsuya SUGAwara as Nijirou Shisui (main vocalist)
• Souma Saitou as Touji Tsukishima (guitarist)
Hiromu Mineta as Shion Kagami (bassist)
Shuuichirou Umeda as Kousei Tayou (drummer)
© Reon Tanie as Rakki Kokonoe (vocalist/guitarist)
Haruki Asada as Souten Matsume (lead vocalist/guitarist)
Katsuyuki Miura as Nazuna Chikarashi (keyboardist)
System Of Romance
Yuri Yamamoto as Kinji Abiko (main vocalist)
Daiki Kawamoto as Ginji Abiko (DJ/composer)
Source: Natalie Comics, Rhapsody website