Earlier today, anime publisher Sentai Filmworks, announced the acquisition of the coming-of-age, 2014 anime series “HaNaYaMaTa,” for release digitally and physically in North America.
Based on the manga by Sou Hamayumiba, the “HaNaYaMaTa” anime is a twelve-episode series, produced by the anime studio Madhouse, who have worked on a number of popular anime, including “Highschool of the Dead,” another series published by Sentai Filmworks. The anime is directed by Atsuko Ishuzuka, and features character designs by Atsuko Watanabe, with series composition by Reiko Yoshida. “HaNaYaMaTa” aired in Japan from July to September of 2014, and is currently available digitally through select digital outlets.
In the series, viewers are introduced to Naru Sekiya, an average girl who has a life-changing moment when she encounters an enchanting American girl dancing in traditional Japanese dress under a starlit night. From then on, Naru begins a journey away from her normal everyday life, guided by the foreigner into the world of yosakoi, a form of Japanese dance.
Sentai Filmworks has plans to release “HaNaYaMaTa” on home video, but have not revealed any specific details at this time.
This news also follows the announcement yesterday, of the acquisition of the 2014 anime season comedy series, “Locodol,” for release in North America from the publisher as well. The series is also available now through select digital outlets, with a home video release planned, but no specifics have been given.