“Cheer Boys!!” Anime Explores the World of Male Cheerleading
“Cheer Boys!!” TV anime key visual. Character design is handled by “Tegami Bachi” manga creator Hiroyuki Asada.© Ryo Asai / Shueisha / Cheer Boys!! Project
Anime series “Cheer Boys!!”, based on the young adult novel of the same name by “The Kirishima Thing” author Ryo Asai, premiered on Tuesday, July 5th.
The anime series tells the story of college judo club dropouts Haruki Bando and Kazuma Hashimoto, who attempt to join a male cheerleading squad. The series’ first three episodes focus on Haruki and Kazuma forming the six-member squad and starting their training.
The series is helmed by “Blue Spring Ride” and “Dance with Devils” director Ai Yoshimura, with animation from “Natsume’s Book of Friends” studio Brain’s Base. The cast is led by up-and-coming voice actors Yuki Yonai and Nobuhiko Okamoto as Haruki Bando and Kazuma Hashimoto, respectively. Both actors will also be reprising the roles in a live musical reading scheduled for October 1st and 2nd.
The series is broadcast in Japan on the following nights:
Tokyo MX: Tuesdays 11:00 PM (start date: July 5th)
Sun TV: Tuesdays 12:00 AM Midnight (July 5th)
KBS Kyoto: Tuesdays 12:30 AM (July 5th)
TV Aichi: Tuesdays 3:05 AM (July 5th)
BS11: Wednesdays 12:30 AM (July 6th)
* Times and dates subject to change.
“Cheer Boys!!” TV Anime Trailer 1
Haruki Bando (voice: Yuki Yonai), a former judo club member who decides to become a male cheerleader.© Ryo Asai / Shueisha / Cheer Boys!! Project
Kazuma Hashimoto (voice: Nobuhiko Okamoto), Haruki’s childhood friend, whose deceased parents were both cheerleaders.© Ryo Asai / Shueisha / Cheer Boys!! Project
Sho Tokugawa (voice: Yuki Ono), a handsome cheerleading expert with terrible fashion sense.© Ryo Asai / Shueisha / Cheer Boys!! Project
Wataru Mizoguchi (voice: Tomokazu Sugita) is argumentative and lacks motor skills.(c)Ryo Asai/SHUEISHA, CHEER BOYS!! PROJECT
Koji “Ton” Tono (voice: Yu Hayashi) is gigantic and has no sports experience.© Ryo Asai / Shueisha / Cheer Boys!! Project