A one-minute commercial for the anime adaptation of Io Sakisaka‘s Ao Haru Ride shojo manga began began airing on Japanese television this week. The video features the anime’s opening theme, “Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru” (The World is Falling in Love) by the collaborative unit Chico with HoneyWorks.
Kō: Kō Tanaka doesn’t exist anymore.
Futaba: That person I met with for the first time in three years was almost like someone I didn’t know. Even if his voice, height, and name change, he’s still the boy I first fell in love with.
Kō: It… Came pouring down so suddenly, huh?
Futaba: This love was like searching around for something in the dark. It felt so weird that I almost got tired of it, and it was so uncertain… But, I’m sure that I was in love.
Kō: I was in love with you. It’s not like I can return to that time, though.
Futaba: At age 16, I reunited with my first love.
The anime will star:
Mikako Komatsu (Nagi no Asukara‘s Miuna, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live‘s Ito) as Shūko Murao
Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is directing the series at Production I.G. Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 1000%, Sunday Without God,) is in charge of the scripts.
Sakisaka began her Ao Haru Ride manga in the magazine in 2011, and Shueisha is shipping the 10th compiled volume in Japan on Friday with a bundled drama CD. The manga was also ranked as one of the top 20 shojo manga recommended by professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. Vizpublishes Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge manga in North America.
The anime will premiere on July 7.