The official website for the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa‘s Hachigatsu no Cinderella Ninesmartphone game revealed on Saturday that the show will premiere in Japan on April 7 late at night (effectively April 8). The series will premiere on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi at 1:35 a.m., before airing in the next two days on TV Osaka, BS TV Tokyo, and AT-X.
The site also revealed a new visual.
The anime stars:
- Nozomi Nishida as Tsubasa Arihara
- Reina Kondo as Ryō Shinonome
- Saki Minami as Yūki Nozaki
- Honoka Inoue as Tomoe Kawakita
- Yumiri Hanamori as Akane Ukita
- Yūbi Midorikawa as Waka Suzuki
- Yurika Takagi as Ayaka Nakano
- Nanami Yamashita as Yoshimi Iwaki
- Iori Saeki as Maiko Kurashiki
- Haruka Shiraishi as Kana Tsukumo
- Sarara Yashima as Maria Hase
- Rika Tachibana as Aoi Asada
Susumu Kudo (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Dies irae) is directing the series at TMS Entertainment (Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master). Jin Tanaka (Laid-Back Camp, Go! Princess Precure) is in charge of series composition, and Takayuki Noguchi (Queen’s Blade: Rebellion, Ro-Kyu-Bu!) is designing the characters.
In the game, the player takes the role of an unnamed former little senior league baseball ace who lost his or her baseball career after suffering an unspecified injury. The character moves to his or her grandmother’s hometown and enrols in the local high school, resolved never to enter the world of baseball again. When the character meets Tsubasa Arihara, he or she is persuaded to be the manager of the school’s baseball team and to take the team to the high school nationals at Koshien.
In the game, players gather team members (there are over 50 characters in the game) and experience the team members’ stories. Players also train the members to improve their skills and take members to games to compete. Players then have to decide on the batting order.
The game launched on iOS and Android devices on June 27, 2017. The game is free to play, but in-game items are available for purchase.