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VAZZROCK key visual for the upcoming anime. Photo credit: @vazzrock-anime.com

On November 7, 2020, it was announced that the VAZZROCK CD series would receive an anime adaptation titled VAZZROCK The Animation. The anime series will air on Tokyo MX and BS Nippon Television this fall of 2022.

The anime will be the third installment in the TSUKIPRO anime franchise. Tsukiuta The Animation was the first anime series, followed by Tsukipro The Animation.

On May 13, 2022, the character designs for the idols were released alongside the announcement that the voice actors would be doing a travel show titled VAZZTabi BUZZING VAZZROCK TRIP. The VAZZROCK OP theme song music is titled “Get Ready to Go!!” and is sung by Naosuke and Ruka Nadumi.

Character designs for the upcoming VAZZROCK anime.
Character designs for the upcoming VAZZROCK anime. Photo credit: @vazzrock-anime.com

A story of 12 bishonen “pretty boy” idols who strive for fame

The VAZZROCK anime features two idol groups VAZZY and ROCKDOWN belonging to Tsukipro (Tsukino Performing Arts Production Agency). Takashi Tsukino, the president of Tsukipro, gathered 12 men, all of whom come from different artistic backgrounds and ages, but ultimately inspire each other to reach for greater heights of skill and stardom.

VAZZROCK will follow a similar format to TSUKIUTA The Animation, where the opening will alternate between the two idol groups and the final track will be a solo performed by the character the episode was most focused on.

The TV anime depicts the daily lives of the 12 idols and showcases their enthusiastic hard work and preparations for an event taking place in three months’ time called VAZZROCK LIVE FLAWLESS.

The episodes of the anime are split into pairs, with one story being told over two episodes. However, the thirteenth episode will be a standalone episode.

Episode List:

  • Joyous – Episodes 1 & 2 (Takaaki Mamiya/Ouka Kira)
  • Effulgent – ​​Episodes 3 & 4 (Shou Onoda/Haruto Kujikawa)
  • Wonder – Episodes 5 & 6 (Issa Kiduku/Futaba Kiduki)
  • Enchant – Episodes 7 & 8 (Reiji Amaha/Ayumu Tachibana)
  • Lucida – Episodes 9 & 10 (Naosuke Oyama/Yuma Shirase)
  • Rival – Episodes 11 & 12 (Gaku Oguro/Ruku Nadumi)
  • Yes?? – Episode 13

These two-episode stories will focus on two idols as seen above, with each episode having one character as the main focus. The episode duos are nicknamed, and when the first letter of each nickname is taken, the list spells out the word JEWELRY. Episodes 9 and 10 will feature the theme Tsukihana Kagura for the first time.

The music for this anime is definitely top notch

You can listen to VAZZROCK’s music here:

The production team consists of:

  • Director: Yoshihiro Takamoto (Beelzebub)
  • Series composition: Eriko Matsuda
  • Drawing design/animation/design: Natsuo
  • Official Illustration of the Chibi Character: Koyori Tsuda
  • Animation director: Minefumi Harada / Yutsuko Hanai
  • Costume design: Ayako Ooki
  • Prop design: Hiroshi Ogawa
  • Art setting: Tsukasa Oohira
  • Art Director: Scott McDonald
  • Color design: Yukiko Yamaguchi
  • Director of Photography: Atsushi Kanou
  • Editing: Hitomi Sudou
  • Sound Director: Takatoshi Hamano
  • Music: Shuntarou Innamic
  • Music production: precious tone
  • Animation executive producer: Shinobu Nakagawa
  • Studio: PRAI
  • Animation Producer: Yoshiki Sakamoto

The cast has also been revealed:

VAZZY

  • Takaaki Mamiya: Tarusuke Shingaki (Noblesse)
  • Ouka Kira: Yuusuke Kobayashi (Dr. Stone)
  • Issa Kizuku: Masahiro Yamanaka (Tsukiuta. The Animation)
  • Futaba Kizuku: Yuusuke Shirai (IDOLiSH7)
  • Naosuke Ooyama: Tsubasa Sasa
  • Yuuma Shirase: Shun Horie (visual prison)

ROCK DOWN

  • Shou Onoda: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen)
  • Haruto Kujikawa: Yoshiaki Hasegawa (one hundred)
  • Reiji Amaha: Takuya Satou (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru)
  • Ayumu Tachibana: Taito Ban (Bishounen Tanteidan)
  • Gaku Ooguro: Takuya Masumoto (The IDOLMASTER SideM)
  • Ruka Nazumi: Keisuke Koumoto (RobiHachi)

The story is set on a fictional island with 12 countries. Each country is named after a flower and its inhabitants pride themselves on being elegant and beautiful. Once every few years there is a contest where people compete to see who is the most beautiful and elegant of them all. The match is taken as seriously as a martial arts match, but there is no fighting.

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