Aquatic sports anime premiered in Japan in October 2016
Hong Kong content distributor MediaLink Entertainment Limited‘s Ani-One YouTube channel began streaming the television anime of Daichi Sorayomi‘s aquatic sports manga Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) on Friday.
Hideya Takahashi (Fantasista Stella director, Fafner EXODUS episode director) directed the anime at Xebec, and Takao Kato (To Love-Ru, Triage X director) was in charge of series composition. Keiya Nakano (AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky) was in charge of character designs. AiRI performed the opening theme song “DREAMxSCRAMBLE!,” and voice actresses Lynn, M.A.O, Kaede Hondo, and Saori Ōnishi performed the ending theme song “Fantas/HIP Girlfriends!”
The manga takes place in an alternate Japan where a sport called “Keijo” by law in 2003 became a sport alongside horse racing, boat racing, and cycling that allows for gambling. In the sport, contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and must use their butts and chests to fight against each other to push each other off the platform. Nozomi Kaminashi, a high school student, aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo.