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New Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song for Skating-Themed Anime “Skate-Leading Stars”

Make way for the newest ice-skating-themed anime (with a twist), as a new promo video was just released for the TV original anime Skate-Leading Stars! The PV previews the anime’s opening theme song Chase the Core by Takao Sakuma. Check out the video here!

The ending theme song, on the other hand, will be entitled Jump and will be sung by Shugo Nakamura.

Skate-Leading Stars is an original anime series from JC Staff, who will be producing and animating. The series is headlined by Goro Taniguchi as chief director, most famously known for directing Code Geass. Tamayomi director Toshinori Fukushima also serves as director. Original character designs will be done by Yana Toboso (Black Butler), with Noboru Kimura (Gundam Build Divers) writing and supervising the scripts. Music will be composed by Ryou Takahashi.

For the performance side of the anime, TETSU from the Bugs Under Groove dance company serves as performance director as well as choreographer for the series. Former competitive figure skater Hirokazu Kobayashi (Prince Ice World) is also collaborating with TETSU for the choreography of the figure skating movements.

The anime is set for a January 2021 premiere, after its original July 2020 premiere was cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The official website describes the series’ story as such:

““You will never win against me.”

Figure skater Kensei Maeshima stopped his career when he heard those words from his rival Reo Shinozaki. Some years after, Maeshima, now a high schooler, uses his physical talent to help other clubs with various activities, while never committing to any one thing. One day, he sees a press conference where Shinozaki announced that he was shifting from single skating to “skate-leading.” After that, he met a boy named Hayato Sasugai, who knew of Maeshima’s single skating career. With the words, “I need you,” Sasugai invites Maeshima to the world of skate-leading, or competitive team-based skating.

Skate-leading is a fictional figure-skating competition, in which each team of five skaters earns points for technical skills (such as unison formation) and artistry (such as composition and entertainment) from an automated camera-based system and nine judges. There are three positions on each team: the lead who is the point-getter with many combination jumps, the wings who are mainly responsible for twist lifts and similar elements, and the guards who perform with such elements as lifts and steps.”

Source: Anime News Network

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