Ura Sunday title Ao no Orchestra – aka Blue Orchestra – has an anime adaptation pending. Creator Makoto Akui shared the good news on Twitter. The studio that will be animating the series hasn’t been announced yet, but more news is on the way!
Other popular Ura Sunday series like Kengen Ashura have become Netflix originals, so there’s definitely the possibility that this upcoming anime will be made available to a global audience. Since the Crunchyroll merger, the Simulcast roster has grown, so it’s possible that Ao no Orchestra will be available on Crunchyroll, along with a subbed or possibly dubbed version. This is not confirmation but just speculation.
In honor of the animation announcement, the MangaOne App made 30 episodes free. Japanese readers looking to catch up with the manga now have the perfect opportunity to do so. There is no official announcement of an English release, but depending on the success of the anime, it is possible that more fans worldwide will be able to enjoy the series.
What is the plot of Ao no Orchestra?
Hajime Aono has always loved music from an early age. But after devoting much of his early life to violin study, he has nearly given up on his dreams—delegating his musical equipment to what he and his mother call the “forbidden room.” The divorce hit Hajime’s family hard, and it has meant that the goal of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a professional musician has faded.
That is until he meets Ritsuko Akine. After an accident in gym class, Hajime faints and is sent to the infirmary where the distant sounds of a violin wake him up. The two… it doesn’t click right away. But after their homeroom teacher strikes a deal with them — offering Hajime better grades and a free violin for Ritsuko — they reluctantly agree to work together.
With one side refusing to play the violin again and the other whose stubborn nature makes her difficult to work with, the teacher-student relationship between Hajime and Ritsuko is tense at first until they are able to talk and understand each other better. Will Hajime be able to let go of the negative feelings associated with playing the violin? And will Ritsuko learn and improve under Hajime’s guidance? Wait for the upcoming anime to find out!
What is Ura Sunday and where can I read it?
Known for popular series such as Kengan Ashura and Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad in the past, ura sunday is an online comics site that started in 2012. Many Ura Sunday series can also be found on the Japanese MangaOne app. But unfortunately it proves more difficult to find a comparable site/app that contains the same releases in English.
Currently the site is serializing Kengan Omega – the sequel to Kengan Ashura – the manga adaptation of persona 5† Ao no orchestra, and more! But to be able to read many series from official source, fans must either know Japanese or wait for an English release.
Luckily for those who speak Japanese, the first ten volumes in both are for sale eBook and paperback formats. And it is possible to create another account on iPhone or Android devices to download the Manga One app by setting the account region to Japan.
What should English-only readers do if they still want to try out Ao no Orchestra? Well, for now there is no official way to read the manga in English. One benefit of the Ao no Orchestra anime turning into a Netflix original series — like the recent adaptation of Thermae Romae Novae — would be a multi-language translation. The only caveat to that would be Netflix’s less than stellar track record of art and animation. Nothing has been confirmed, so fans will have to wait and see.