Aoppella!?: a whole new world for 2D projects

A new 2D music franchise is here and this is one no one could have predicted: male seiyuu performing acappelas of J-pop songs.

Introduction

Aoppella!? “is KLab’s latest original multimedia music project built on the themes of “youth” and “a cappella”!

The project counts with 2 groups specialized in performing acappela music and representing 2 fictional schools: Otowa Public High School and Kanadezaka Private High School.

For reference: Acappela music consists on group or solo performance without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way.

Story

It was on that unforgettable day that the boys found themselves changed.
In front of them were ordinary high school students just like them. There were no flashy costumes or musical instruments.
But the moment they began to sing a surreal harmony filled the air and the crowd went wild.

“We want to sing like that! We want to shine, too!”

High school students captivated by the art of a cappella aim for the top in the exclusive high school a cappella contest, “Aoppella”. They try to perfect their pitch as the show is about to begin!

Announcement broadcast

The project was announced on 04/03/2021 via a special YouTube livestream.

You can check it out in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Yrvw8D1mE

Cast

Aoppella!? counts with 2 acappela groups representing 2 fictional schools.

The lineups for each group (including positions within the groups) are the following:

Otowa Public High School

The lineup is the following (from left to right in the image above):

Kanadezaka Private High School

The lineup is the following (from left to right in the image above):

  • Asaharu Soenji (CV: Takuya Sato) – 4th part
  • Akira Shigaki (CV: Wataru Urata) – 2nd part
  • Mitsuo Ayase (CV: Toshiyuki Toyonaga) – Top part
  • Maito Coresawa (CV: Yuki Ono) – 3rd and lead parts
  • Yui Nekoyashiki (CV: Daiki Hamano) – Bass parts
  • Fukami Shinkai (CV: Shugo Nakamura) – Percussion (i.e. beatboxing)

First cover

Kanadezaka Private High School members covered “Hakujitsu” by King Gnu, and members of Otowa Public High School covered “Pretender” of Official HIGE DANdism.

Check it out now on the official YouTube channel!

Cast comments

Hajime Suzumiya CV: Ryohei Kimura


Aoppella is finally starting! Not only are the a cappella songs amazing, but the characters and the drama surrounding them are also fun and very compelling. Please enjoy it!


Rin Tanba CV: Ryota Osaka


a cappella was a first for me so the recording was difficult, but I took my time with it and I think we made good music. After recording, they mixed the songs and I was amazed that it really was a cappella! I think we can deliver something that exceeds expectations.



Michitaka Kariyazono CV: KENN


10 years have passed and now the project has been revived as aoppella! I am truly honored to be a part of it. I look forward to contributing one note in the song that will make up this story, as the character Michitaka Kariyazono. A cappella. Last time I gave it my all and this time I plan to do the same!


Luka Shihou CV: Tetsuya Kakihara


“perabu!” The 10 years that we have waited to make this a reality have gotten up ready for aoppella!


Sayo Soenji CV: Tomoaki Maeno


I am glad to be back. It will be thanks to your support that we can grow together with these characters.



Maito Coresawa CV: Yuki Ono

I’m happy to be able to participate in this project again! I hope you can enjoy not just their challenge, but ours as well!



Mitsuo Ayase CV: Toshiyuki Toyonaga


A cappella? No, it’s aoppella! I hope that this journey with a cappella leaves you feeling youthful!


Akira Shigaki CV: Wataru Urata


For the first time, I will challenge the complex genre of a cappella! It was a very good experience because it is a genre that I don’t usually deal with. The recording was more fun than I expected, so I want to keep learning more about a cappella in the future!



Asaharu Soenji CV: Takuya Sato


Looking at the project and the members, I got excited and had to comment, “This looks interesting!” Please stay tuned! I’ll do my best!


Yui Nekoyashiki CV: Daiki Hamano


Congratulations on the start of aoppella! I’m really looking forward to it. As Yui Nekoyashiki, I want to do everything I can to impress everyone who supports this project.


Fukami Shinkai CV: Shugo Nakamura


We will take on the art of a cappella, with only voice actors! I don’t know what will happen, but I’ll do my best, so I’d be grateful if you could watch us in this endeavor!



[UPDATED] It was confirmed that the franchise will be covering songs as well as releasing their own original songs.


SOURCE: Aoppella official website / Klab (official voice actor comments on the project)

Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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