Here we go. Nana Mizuki and Hirano Aya are getting ready to start recording as the stars of the anime White Album, which will air in January.
They were together at the Aquaplus Festa 2008 last Saturday, and have both posted shots in their blogs of the two of them together. The larger photo is from Aya's phone (click to enlarge even further), the smaller from Nana's.
Aya wrote that she was determined to get a two-shot of them together. She said she will work hard on the show. Nana asked people to please watch the show.
Their acting styles are so totally different that I wonder how it will all work out, but in any case, I look forward to seeing it.
The story involves a star idol (Nana) and a girl just making her debut (Aya). Art imitating life? At least at first, the proud super-idol played by Nana helps Aya's character out. The story is from a 1998 Leaf ero-game that Aquaplus is releasing next year as a PS3 game. There is also a manga, now running in Comic Dengeki Daioh. Dynasty Scans has scanlated the prologue chapter. Aya's character is just finishing high school and beginning college with her boyfriend when she learns that she will debut as an idol. Can their love survive?
Other big names in the cast will be Maeno Tomoaki, Paku Romi, Tomatsu Haruka, and Hayami Shou. Music will be by Elements Garden, with the OP sung by Nana and the ED by Suara, not Aya. But I would be flabbegasted if there weren't some character CDs in the works.
Animation production is by Seven Arcs (Nanoha). Director is Yoshimura Akira, who has not been a show director before, but directed several episodes of Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, as well as episodes of Idolmaster Xenoglossia, Gundam00, Zegapain, Samurai Champloo, Planetes, etc.
Just for good measure, here are photos of both Aya and Nana from their blogs over the past two days:
Here are some White Album links:
Anime News Network page
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