I think by now, I would understand that Japan absolutely loves its anime series about sports, right? I mean you have The Prince of Tennis, Yowamushi Pedal, Tiger Mask W, and a plethora of other anime that I can think of off the top of my head. Today, Studio MAPPA and director Masafumi Nishida announced that their new water polo-themed anime RE-MAIN will be hitting the Japanese airwaves starting this year in 2021. They also outlined the main staff and cast.
The name Masafumi Nishida might sound familiar to you because he played a key role as the head writer in Sunrise’s Tiger & Bunny. For the new project he will be taking the helm of creator, chief director, series script supervisor, audio director , and scriptwriter for every episode (talk about wearing a lot of hats). The announcement came with a brief synopsis of the story:
In the winter of his third year of junior high school, the main character Minato Kiyomizu quit playing water polo after a particular incident, but starts playing water polo with his friends again at his new high school. However, the less than good water polo club is faced with a variety of difficulties…
Along with the announcement of the series, we also got the cast: Yuto Uemura playing the role of Minato Kiyomizu; Kotaro Nishiyama playing the role of Minato’s friend Eitaro Ota; Subaru Kijima playing the role of Jo Jojima, the captain of the high school water polo team; and Lynn playing the role of Chinu Kawakubo, a girl who knows Minato’s who knows a bit about his past history.
RE-MAIN is scheduled to start airing on Japanese TV stations sometime in 2021.