Play It Cool, Guys reveals ED song, casts Makoto Furukawa as Motoharu Igarashi

Play It Cool, Guys key visual
Key visual for the upcoming Play It Cool, Guys anime featuring the four guys that make up the PICG unit. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On September 11, 2022, the official website for the anime adaptation of Kokone Nata’s Play It Cool, Guys (Cool Doji Danshi) slice-of-life, comedy manga announced voice actor Makoto Furukawa will play Motoharu Igarashi.

The ending theme song “Flash!” will be performed by the 4-unit group PICG, which consists of Hayate Ichikura (played by Chiaki Kobayashi), Shun Futami (played by Kouki Uchiyama), Takayuki Mima (played by Yuichiro Umehara), and Souma Shiki (played by Shouya Chiba).

The Play It Cool, Guys premiere date is on October 10, 2022. The anime will run for two cours and the episodes will be 15-minute long.

Character design for Motoharu Igarashi and picture of Makoto Furukawa.
Character design for Motoharu Igarashi and a picture of Makoto Furukawa, the VA who’ll voice Motoharu. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Voice actor Makoto Furukawa is most known for his roles as Saitama in One Punch Man, Banri Tada in Golden Time, and Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

Who is Motoharu Igarashi?

Motoharu Igarashi is a 27-year-old novelist, who has a brilliant mind and appears to be cool-headed. Due to certain events that occurred in his childhood, he believes that “you can’t write about people unless you know them.” He has good people skills and is able to make friends with just about anyone. He seems to know Takayuki Mima well.

Makoto Furukawa comments on his new role

“I think Play It Cool, Guys is a heartwarming story. I think people who are busy and exhausted with their daily lives will be able to watch this anime and relax. It was interesting to see how my character’s relationship with the other characters unfolds as I did the recording. I believe Motoharu Igarashi is a naturally charming person. He seems cool, yet clumsy, and somewhat out of it, since writers tend to stay in their own headspace, but I like how he is admired for his bright mind and composure. I am older than the character I’m playing but wish I had his cool composure.”

Makoto Furukuawa commented at Comic Natalie

Where can I listen to “Flash!”?

The music video for “Flash!” premieres on September 18, 2022, on Avex Pictures Official YouTube channel. You can watch the countdown here:

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Music video for “Flash!”.

What is the plot of Play It Cool, Guys?

The story revolves around a group of four guys that have an unapproachable swag demeanor. However, that cool, aloof exterior isn’t the real them. In reality, they’re a bunch of dorks that just have the act down pat. These guys put in a lot of effort to look cool every day in order to get popular with the ladies, but have varying results.

You can watch the latest trailer for Play It Cool, Guys here:

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Trailer for the upcoming anime Play It Cool, Guys.

Who are the members of the production team?

Play It Cool, Guys production team members include:

  • Director — Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal, The Way of the Househusband, Junjou Romantica)
  • Animation — Studio Pierrot
  • Scriptwriter — Makoto Uezu (Assassination Classroom, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, Space Brothers)
  • Music Composer – Masato Nakayama (B-PROJECT, We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, You and Me)
  • Character Designer and Chief Animation Director – Airi Taguchi (Children of the Sea, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? S2)

Who are the cast members?

Play It Cool, Guys cast members include:

  • Chiaki Kobayashi — Hayate Ichijura
  • Kouki Uchiyama — Shun Futami
  • Yuichiro Umehara — Takayuki Mima
  • Shouya Chiba — Soma Shiki
  • Satomi Satou — Asami Futami
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu — Sota Shiki
  • Taku Yashiro — Kurosaki
  • Kengo Takanashi — Akai
  • Seiichiro Yamashita — Kida
  • Kouhei Amasaki — Aoyama
  • Haruka Shiraishi — Momo Momosaki
  • You Taichi — Akane Kono
  • Makoto Furukawa — Motoharu Igarashi
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Play It Cool, Guys started out as a series of illustrations of hot guys

Play It Cool, Guys is a manga series written and illustrated by Kokone Nata that began as a series of illustrations of good-looking anime-style guys on the author’s Twitter account on May 11, 2018. Since February 23, 2019, the manga has been serialized on Pixiv’s Pixiv Comic service online.

The individual chapters have been collected into four tankoubon volumes that have been released by Square Enix under its Gangan Comics Pixiv Imprint. Yen Press is publishing the Cool Doji Danshi English version in North America.

On March 21, 2020, a novel adaptation titled Cool Doji Danshi: Connect It Cool, Guys written by Shino Kaida was published by Square Enix.

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