Video previews 29 characters for app launching this year
The official website for Bandai Namco Arts, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and diomedéa‘s Futsal Boys!!!!! multimedia project began streaming an opening animated video for the franchise’s app on Tuesday. The video previews the game’s 29 characters, and features the theme song “Higher Goals.” All 29 cast members sing the song.
The site will reveal more promo videos on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The app, titled Futsal Boys!!!!! High Five League, is slated to launch this year.
The official website for the franchise had previously stated in August that the game and television anime were both delayed, with the television anime now slated to debut next year. Both the anime and the game were previously slated to debut this year.
The project also includes actual futsal matches between the cast members, with the results of the matches affecting the story of the anime and game app. Futsal is a variant of football similar to soccer, but played indoors.
The franchise’s story is set in a world over a decade after futsal has skyrocketed in global popularity. Protagonist Haru Yamato watches the championship of the U-18 world cup and is inspired by a Japanese player named Tokinari Tennōji. He joins the Koyo Academy High School’s futsal team with the goal of becoming a player like Tennōji. There, he finds friends, and together they face their rivals.
The previously announced cast of the project includes:
Mao Marita is credited with the original work. The project features original character design artwork from illustrators Mizuki Kawashita (Koyo Academy), Utako Yukihiro (Adalbert Academy), Tanaka Marumero (also known as Ogeretsu Tanaka; Momomi High School), Ruka Urumiya/Sata/Shirano (Amanogawa Academy), and Lily Hoshino (Okazan Academy) for each of the high school teams. Tomomi Ishikawa (PERSONA 5 the Animation) is adapting those artwork into the final character designs. Shoji Yonemura (script for Fairy Tail, Pokémon, Digimon Fusion) is credited for “story construction.” R.O.N (FLCL Alternative, FLCL Progressive) is composing the music.
Sources: Futsal Boys!!!!! project’s website
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