So, is this going to be a [email protected] sort of show…?
Earlier today, the official BanG Dream! anime website announced that a new short-form anime series, titled BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Pico! is in the works. The first visual and trailer, as well as a broadcast window were announced.
The 53-second promo introduces the new character designs for members of Poppin’ Party, Pastel Palettes, Afterglow, Roselia, and “Hello, Happy World!” as a peppy melody plays in the background.
The visual features the main characters exploding out from the show’s logo, which is set against a white background smattered with colorful geometric shapes.
The series will air on Tokyo MX and TBS Television starting July 5. The show will air during the BanG Dream! TV variety show. The full broadcast schedule is as follows:
- Tokyo MX: 7/5/2018 at 23:30 (7/5/2018 at 11:30PM)
- TBS TV: 7/5/2018 at 24:30 (7/6/2018 at 12:30AM)
Episodes will also be streamed on the official BanG Dream! YouTube channel.
BanG Dream! first entered the world as a manga series in the pages of Monthly Bushiroad magazine. The ongoing series, which is being handled by Kou Nakamura, kicked off in the January 8, 2015 issue.
The project’s inaugural group, Poppin’ Party, made its début as a band on April 8, 2015 in a one-song performance. The group’s first formal single, Yes! BanG_Dream! hit Japanese retailers on February 24.
The cast members for Poppin’ Party include:
- Kasumi Toyama (Vocals, Guitar): Aimi
- Tae Hanazono (Lead Guitar): Sae Ootsuka
- Rimi Ushigome (Bass): Rimi Nishimoto
- Saya Yamabuki (Drums): Ayaka Oohashi
- Arisa Ichigaya (Keyboard): Ayasa Itou
BanG Dream! received an anime adaptation, which aired in Winter 2017. Atsushi Ootsuki (To Love Ru: Darkness, Wagnaria!!2) helmed the project at studios Issen and Xebec, with Matsuko Nita providing character designs. Yuniko Ayana (Hello!! KINMOZA, Girls Beyond the Wasteland) was in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll and The Anime Network both streamed the show as a simulcast. Sentai Filmworks holds the rights to the BanG Dream! anime, and describe the show as:
When she was a child, Kasumi Toyama (played by Poppin’ Party’s lead singer, Aimi) felt a heart-pounding thrill every time she gazed at the stars, and she’s been looking without success for something that could inspire the same feeling ever since. One day, she comes across a star-shaped guitar in a rundown pawnshop and, for the first time, discovers the thrill she’s been searching for. Kasumi becomes determined to form an all-girl band, and her search leads her to four like-minded souls: Saya, Arisa, Rimi, and Tae (all brought to life by the members of Poppin’ Party). Does this band have what it takes to make their dreams of stardom come true?