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Anima Yell! (アニマエール! Animaēru!?) is a late-night anime based on the series originally created by Tsukasa Unohana. It was first announced in January 2018, and began its broadcast run on October 7, 2018. The series is animated by Doga Kobo.

Overview

The anime adaptation follows the manga fairly closely, adding music featuring J-pop cover songs and animated dancing sequences supervised by actual cheerleaders, including Yoko Yagishita, a former cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers and the L.A. Clippers.[1][2]

While aimed at audiences familiar with the series and other Manga Time Kirara works, Anima Yell! manages to also appeal to children,[3] given the wholesome nature of its characters and plot, as well as an animation style that slightly resembles popular morning anime like Pretty Cure.

Staff

  • Original Creator: Tsukasa Unohana
  • Director: Masako Sato
  • Series Composition/Writer: Fumihiko Shimo
  • Character Design: Manamu Amasaki
  • Motion Animation Director: Masashi Kano
  • Choreography/Cheerleading Supervision: Yoko Yagishita, Yumi Takimoto, Tokyo Girls
  • Art Director: Yukari Yasuda
  • Color Design: Yuka Ito
  • Director of Photography: Hotoshiba Ryo
  • Editing: Onodera Emi
  • Sound Director: Takuya Hiramitsu
  • Sound Effects: Yuka Kazama
  • Music Production: Jinnan Studio
  • Composers: manzo, Hiroaki Tsutsumi
  • Animation Studio: Doga Kobo

Cast

Main

Supporting

Minor

Music

Opening Theme

  • Jump Up ↑ Yell!!
    • Lyrics/Composition/Arrangement by Ayato Shinozaki and Ryosuke Tachibana.
    • Performed by the Kaminoki High School Cheerleading Club (Main Cast).

Notes: The opening theme is played at the end of the first episode. The animation sequence also changes at episode nine.

Ending Theme

  • One for All
    • Lyrics by Masaki Honda and Kanro Maeda.
    • Composition and Arrangement by Masaki Honda.
    • Performed by the Kaminoki High School Cheerleading Club (Main Cast).

Notes: The animation sequence changes at episode eight.

Insert Songs

Title Episode(s) Used Staff Performed by
LOVE&JOY 1, 2 Makoto Asakura (Lyrics), Daisuke Asakura (Composition), Minoru Yoshida (Arrangement) XAI
The Journey 2, 9, 12 Chica (Lyrics), Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Composition) Astha Shrestha
Here We Are 5, 12 Chica (Lyrics), manzo (Composition) Kimber-Lee Jacobsen
じょいふる (Joyful) 6 Yoshiki Mizuno (Lyrics & Composition) YURiKA
LOVE2000 8 hitomi (Lyrics), Masato Kamata (Composition) Natsumi Kon
もっと愛しあいましょ (Let's Give Some More lovin'!) 9 Maki Watase (Lyrics), Tomohisa Kawazoe (Composition) Yuiko Oohara
CRAZY GONNA CRAZY 11 Tetsuya Komuro (Lyrics & Composition) YURiKA
ストレスフリー (Stress-free) 12 miwa (Lyrics), miwa and NAOKI-T (Composition) Yuiko Oohara
One Day 12 Chica (Lyrics), Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Composition) MB Padfield

Original Broadcast

Anima Yell! is notable as being one of the few late-night anime titles to air during prime time on a terrestrial network (TOKYO MX), having just replaced the 7:00 PM time slot formerly given to Yu Yu Hakusho's 25th Anniversary rebroadcast.[4][5] As such, the viewership for the time slot is larger and caters to a more mainstream, kid-friendly audience.

Although Anima Yell! is the first Manga Time Kirara show to air on a prime time terrestrial slot, the second season of Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? had been rebroadcast during the venerable Sunday morning (ニチアサ) hours.[6]

  • AT-X (All Regions/Subscription TV) (Sundays, 11:30 PM)
    *Reruns on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, Thursdays at 1:30 PM, and Sundays at 5:30 AM.
  • TOKYO MX (Tokyo Region) (Mondays, 12:00 AM)
    *Reruns on Mondays at 7:00 PM.
  • BS11 (All Regions/Satellite TV) (Mondays, 12:00 AM)

Other Broadcasts

  • SUN-TV (Kansai Region) (January 8, 2019 - March 26, 2019) Tuesdays, 12:00 AM.

Rebroadcasts

  • BS11 (April 3, 2019 - June 19, 2019) Wednesdays, 12:30 AM.
  • AT-X (February 19, 2020) Wednesdays, 6:00 PM (Two Episodes)

Episode List

Main article: List of Episodes

Specials

Cheer Up Project

A promotional campaign for the anime was launched prior to its airing, featuring eight different cheer-related events and activities that spanned the original broadcast season.

  • Project 1: Saitama Seibu Lions Cheering Event, baseball exhibition match with Mikako Izawa (Uki) and Tomori Kusunoki (Kotetsu) cheering for the Seibu Lions. (September 14, 2018, 6:00 PM)
  • Project 2: SHOWROOM Special Cheer Program, featuring all five Cheer Club voice actors.
  • Project 3: Motivational Videos for Students and Adults, animated "Cheer-Up Videos" teaching the various lessons of life. (Every Mondays starting on October 8, 2018)
  • Project 4: The Cheer-For-You Corner, fans send e-mails to the Cheer Club asking the girls for their support and encouragement on anything - cheering them on for an upcoming test, a sports match, etc.
  • Project 5: Kawasaki Brave Thunders x Anima Yell!, with all five Cheer Club voice actors cheering for the Brave Thunders basketball team. (November 11, 2018, 4:05 PM)
  • Project 6: AbemaTV Special Program and Rebroadcast, the first three episodes are re-broadcast, along with a special streaming event featuring Yuka Ozaki (Kohane), Yuina Yamada (Hizume), and Mikako Izawa (Uki). (Starting at October 28, 2018, 7:30 PM)
  • Project 7: Tokyo Meet Up Sports 2018 Appearance at Roppongi Hills Arena, with Yuina Yamada (Hizume) and Haruka Shiraishi (Kana). (November 3, 2018, 5:00 PM)
  • Project 8: Anima Yell! Official Ginger Ale Drink, sold at various Akihabara locations. (Starting on November 10, 2018)

Cheer-Up Videos

See also: Cheer-Up Videos

As part of Anima Yell!'s Cheer Up Project, a weekly Monday morning "Cheer-Up Video" (応援動画) segment was broadcast and streamed on Youtube started on October 8, 2018. The main characters are drawn in a super-deformed style and discuss matters such as exercise and the importance of eating breakfast in the morning.

Recording Session Report

A five-page comic was drawn by Kazama Ayami to document a recording session for an episode of the series.

References

  1. Yahoo! Japan News. "The Recent 'Anima Yell!' Series Depicts Real-life Cheerleading with the Help of a Former NBA and NFL Cheerleader". October 24, 2018.
  2. Wikipedia JP. Yoko Yagishita. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  3. Ota-suke. "Anima Yell's Tsukasa Unohana to a Young Fan: 'Little girls are precious!'". October 16, 2018.
  4. TOKYO MX. Anima Yell! Page. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  5. Yu Yu Hakusho Twitter Page. Broadcast announcement.
  6. Hachima Kikou. Gochiusa article.
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