The upcoming TV-anime adapting Handa-kun, prequel to summer 2014’s Barakamon, got it’s first PV released on the official website. Through it, info was released on the main cast members, staff responsible, and artists for the OP and ED.
Handa-kun’s completely replaced cast and staff
Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club‘s Haruka Nanase, Kiznaiver‘s Tsuguhito Yuta) as Sei Handa
Yuuya Hirose (Ganbare-Bu Next!‘s Yuuki Ishikawa) as Junichi Aizawa
Tetsuya Kakihara (Fairy Tail‘s Natsu Dragneel, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann‘s Simon) as Reo Nikaido
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club‘s Sousuke Yamazaki, Tanaka-kun is always listless‘ Oota) as Akane Tsutsui
Daiki Yamashita (My Hero Academia‘s Izuku Midoriya, Yowamushi Pedal‘s Sakamichi Onoda) as Yukio Kondo
Kazuyuki Okitsu (Prison School‘s Reiji Andou, Brothers Conflict‘s Masaomi Asahina) as Takao Kawafuji
While Handa and Kawafuji had their voice actors replaced (prior Daisuke Ono as Sei Handa and Junichi Suwabe as Takao Kawafuji), the new cast is not devoid of experience (except Yuuya Hirose) and they seem to be used to roles in female-targeted shows like Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Amnesia or Brothers Conflict.
As for the staff:
- Director – Yoshitaka Koyama (Miami Guns)
- Series Composition – Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken, Prison School)
- Character Design – Mayuko Matsumoto (Gingitsune, Squid Girl (Animation Director))
- Music – Ken Itou
- Animation Production – Diomedia
The OP song is going to be “The LiBERTY” by Fo’x Tails (can be heard in the PV), while Kenichi Suzumura is responsible for the ED song with “HIDE-AND-SEEK”.
Due to the complete personnel being replaced, we can’t assume this show is going to be like Barakamon. The staff is experienced with comedy though, so while we shouldn’t wait for a continuation, we can hope for a good adaptation of a different manga by the same author, Satsuki Yoshino.