Aniplex revealed a new cast member for its original television anime Fanfare of Adolescence (Gunjō no Fanfare) on Sunday. Tatsumaru Tachibana will play the character Sōjirō Sakuraba. Sōjirō is a 15-year-old “thoroughbred” from a storied lineage of horse racers at the prestigious Sakuraba stable in southern Shiga prefecture’s Rittō city. His father is a former jockey who has become a trainer, his oldest brother is a stable attendant, and his second oldest brother is a jockey now. As expected, Sōjirō also enrolls in the horse racing academy to become a jockey himself. He is a self-assured optimist.
The tagline in the image above reads, “Pedigree is just one of my natural gifts.”
The anime will premiere in spring 2022.
Makoto Katō (Bloom Into You, Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note) is directing the series at studio Lay-duce (O Maidens in Your Savage Season, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad). Hiro Kanzaki (Eromanga Sensei, EUREKA SEVEN AO, Oreimo) is designing the characters, and Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins) is composing the music.
The anime stars: (from left to right in above image)
Yōjirō Itokawa as Aki Kyōriki
The story takes place at a horse racing academy that trains boys to become jockeys. The three-year academy is very competitive, and those who wish to enter must not only pass an academic test but a physical and fitness test as well. Yū Arimura is a former popular idol who becomes enamored with horse racing after seeing it for the first time, and wants to join the academy. Shun Kazanami was raised on an island, and only experienced horse races through radio broadcasts growing up. Amane comes from a high-class family in England, and his father is a former jockey. Amane has previously attended horse racing academies in various countries. The show follows these three 15-year-old boys at the academy.