The official website for the television anime adaptation of Broccoli’s Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed the anime’s January 2019 premiere and teaser visual on Monday.
Broccoli’s Meiji Tokyo Renka visual novel romance franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in 2013. A live-action series and film have also been green-lit. A new iOS and Android game titled Meiji Tokyo Renka Haikara Date is slated for this summer, but has not yet launched.
The anime film adaptation of the game opened in Japan in 2015. The film’s website describes the story’s prologue: On an evening lit by a crimson full moon, an ordinary high school girl named Mei Ayazuki meets a self-proclaimed magician named Charlie at a festival. Through Charlie’s magic, she time-travels to the Meiji era in Tokyo, where she meets and falls in love with various great historical figures from that time period.
The full cast includes:
Sumire Morohoshi as Mei Ayazuki (center in picture above)
Daisuke Namikawa as Ōgai Mori (left)
KENN as Shunsō Hishida (right)
Kousuke Toriumi as Otojirō Kawakami
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kyōka Izumi
Jun Fukuyama as Gorō Fujita
Shinnosuke Tachibana as Yakumo Koizumi
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Tōsuke Iwasaki
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Charlie
Akitarō Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is directing the television anime at TMS Entertainment, and Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director.
Most of the anime’s cast is returning from the game, while Yoshimasa Hosoya is returning to voice the character Tōsuke Iwasaki, an original character from the previous anime film. Sumire Morohoshi is also returning from the film to voice the heroine Mei Ayazuki.