“Kaikan Phrase” (lit. “Sensual Phrase”) – the old-school rock-band romance shojo manga series written and illustrated by mangaka Mayu Shinjo that was published by Shogakukan Comic – is getting a revival spin-off project in the form of a mobile-app game!
The semi-legendary series that took the shojo manga genre by storm back in the years between late-1990s to early-2000s first made its debut in a serialised manga form on the manga magazine ‘Shojo Comic’ published by Shogakukan. The manga’s serialisation ran from 1997 – 2000 and a total of18 compiled tankoubon manga volumes were released and distributed for sales.
Its popularity soared to such heights that in 1999 the series got its own 44-episodes anime adaptation that aired from 1999 to 2000. The series even spun off the formation of real-life rock band “Λucifer” (read ‘Lucifer’) based on the main rock band in the manga series; as well as a rival band “e.MU” (also based off a rival band in the manga). Both bands provided songs for several of the opening and ending themes in the anime series.
Fast-forwarding to nearly 20 years after the end of both the original “Kaikan Phrase” manga serialisation and anime series, the title will be getting an all-new revival project in the form of a mobile game, scheduled for complete release in 2019. To create hype for the revival project, production/development company GMO Internet Group has released its very first teaser visual a week ago. Following that, the first wave of voice cast was announced earlier this week – a stellar list consisting of 18 of the most popular male voice actors in the industry!
Besides the five veteran seiyuus – Masaya Matsukaze, Shinichiro Miki, Kenichi Suzumura, Takahiro Sakurai and Susumu Chiba – who were character voices in the original 1999 anime series production, 13 new voice actors will be joining the revival project:
The project committee has also planned for a first-round production press release to happen on 15 September 2018 at HIT STUDIO TOKYO where more details will be publicly released. Six of the new seiyuus – Takahide Ishii, Kennosuke Iwanaga, Ryo Kikuchi, Daiki Kobayashi, Ryo Takizawa and Arthur Lounsbery – will also be the special guests attending during the event.