So, things are getting a bit more colorful for BanG Dream! fans.
Earlier today, the BanG Dream! staff hosted a live streaming event on NicoNico. During the show, they announced that the franchise will receive a new anime project. The project, titled Pastel Life, will revolve around in-universe band Pastel*Palettes.
A teaser visual for the project, as well as the first cast and overall concept were revealed. In addition, a short teaser video was shown during the stream, proper. We break the details down below.
The 20-second teaser offers a brief look at the show in action, as one of Pastel*Palettes’ songs plays in the background.
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The image features super-deformed versions of the members of Pastel*Palettes, set against a bright background with a pattern of repeating shapes.
The series will star the major members of Pastel*Palettes:
- Aya Maruyama (Vocals): Ami Maeshima
- Hina Hikawa (Guitar): Ari Ozawa
- Chisato Shirasagi (Bass): Sumire Uesaka
- Eve Wakamiya (Keyboard): Sawako Hata
- Maya Yamato (Drums): Ikumi Nakagami
Pastel Life will revolve around the daily lives of the band’s members.
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?