Funimation revealed the cast and staff for its English dub of the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba’s Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga on Sunday.
The staff at NYAV Post includes producer Michael Sinterniklaas, voice directors Laura Stahl and Stephanie Sheh (the latter also acting as cast director and script supervisor), script adaptation by Zoe Martin (also production assistant), spotting by Heather Gonzalez (also production supervisor), Recording engineers and audio editors Jordan Fox and Juliana Henao Mesa, mixing by Shaun Cromwell, and production assistance by Clark Cheng.
The cast includes:
Kira Buckland as Ino
Kayli Mills as Hemo
Sarah Williams as Roko
Laura Stahl as Nayu
Xanthe Huynh as Nina
Christina Kelly as Hoho
Amanda Turen as Chiko
Ryan Bartley as Riri
Stephanie Sheh as Nua
Brianna Knickerbocker as Rua
All 12 episodes will be available with the English dub on Monday.
The anime premiered in October 2020. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.
The manga’s story begins when first-year high school student Ino Sakura heads to Tokyo to pursue becoming an idol. She teams up with fellow Nezumi Dorm residents — unpopular former child actor Roko, musician Hayu, and model Nina — to form the new idol unit Fruit Tart. These dropout idols get back on their feet and enter the world of show business to prevent their dorm from being demolished.
Keiichiro Kawaguchi (ISLAND, Million Doll, Please tell me! Galko-chan) directed the series at feel. Kawaguchi was in charge of the series scripts with Tatsuya Takahashi (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko, Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles). Sumie Kinoshita (Forest of Piano, Girlish Number) designed the characters.
The story debuted as a one-shot manga in the magazine in 2014. The manga then launched as a series in 2015.