Before we begin, this is strictly about academic cheating! Academic!
Earlier today, Emon Animation Company announced that they’re working on a new series, titled Cheating Craft. The series, which is being produced by their Haoliners label, will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 5. The show will be a short-form program that shares the 18:30 (6:30PM) block with another Haoliners series, titled To Be Hero.
Cheating Craft is set in a world where academic achievement determines one’s personal worth. The populous are sorted from childhood by exams, and only those who excel can find happiness. Anyone who doesn’t excel at their studies is forced into a life of misery. Naturally, people have formed into opposing factions. The L (Learning) types prioritize study, while the C (Cheating) types choose to pass by other means. The two sides will clash, their sides engaging in battle to and banding together to pass tests. The two leads, Mumei of the C Types and Kōi of the L Types, will inevitably square off as they both try to pass their exams.
Keitaro Motonaga (Digimon Adventure tri., Date A Live) is directing the series at studio BLADE, with the team of Mai Matsuura (Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live) and Norie Tanaka (Hundred) providing character designs. Takamitsu Kouno (Utawarerumono: The False Faces, Absolute Duo) is in charge of script supervision.
Idol group Kamen Joshi will perform opening theme song Kasoku Suru Trial. Aina Kusuda will provide the closing theme, Welcome Future.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Chief Animation Director: Mai Matsuura
- Chief Animation Director: Norie Tanaka
- Chief Animation Director: Ryousuke Tanigawa
- Main Animator: Yutaka Kamogawa
- Design Works: Kenichi Ohnuki
- Design Works: Hisashi Saito
- Prop Design: Goichi Iwahata
- Art Director: Kei Ichikura
- Art Setting: Kazushi Fujii
- Color Design: Aiko Shinohara
- Director of Photography: Hideki Imaizumi
- Editing: Yoshiaki Kimura
- Sound Director: Yasunori Ebina
- Music: Go Sakabe
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Mumei Syokatsu: Tomohiro Yamaguchi
- Koui Ou: Rie Kugimiya
- Rin-u Syū: Daisuke Namikawa
- Haku Ryū: Reina Ueda
- Anri: Yōko Hikasa
- JUN: Junya Ikeda
- Ms. Ou: Kotono Mitsuishi
Character designs for the major cast members were also unveiled, which you can check out below: