VAZZROCK CD anime release date in Fall 2022: Tsukipro sequel reveals 12 idol character designs

Key visual for the upcoming VAZZROCK anime.
VAZZROCK key visual for the upcoming anime. Pic credit: @vazzrock-anime.com

On November 7, 2020, it was announced that the VAZZROCK CD series would be getting an anime adaptation entitled VAZZROCK The Animation. The anime series will air this fall of 2022 on Tokyo MX, and BS Nippon Television.

The anime will be the third installment in the TSUKIPRO anime franchise. Tsukiuta The Animation was the first anime series, followed by Tsukipro The Animation.

On May 13, 2022, the character designs for the idols were released alongside the announcement that the voice actors would be doing a travel show titled VAZZTabi BUZZING VAZZROCK TRIP. The VAZZROCK OP theme song music is entitled “Get Ready to Go!!” and will be sung by Naosuke and Ruka Nadumi.

Character designs for the upcoming VAZZROCK anime.
Character designs for the upcoming VAZZROCK anime. Pic credit: @vazzrock-anime.com

A story about 12 bishonen “pretty boy” idols striving for fame

The VAZZROCK anime depicts two idol groups VAZZY and ROCKDOWN that belong to Tsukipro (Tsukino Performing Arts Production Agency). Takashi Tsukino, the president of Tsukipro, gathered 12 men together, who all have different artistic backgrounds and ages, but end up inspiring each other to reach for greater heights of skill and stardom.

VAZZROCK will follow a similar format to TSUKIUTA The Animation where the opening will alternate between the two idol groups and the ending song will be a solo performed by the character that the episode was most focused on.

The TV anime will depict the daily lives of the 12 idols and show their enthusiastic hard work and preparations for an event coming up in three months called VAZZROCK LIVE FLAWLESS. 

The anime’s episodes will be split into pairs with one story told across two episodes. The thirteenth episode will be a stand-alone one, however.

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Episode list:

  • Joyous – Episides 1 & 2 (Takaaki Mamiya/Ouka Kira)
  • Effulgent – Episodes 3 & 4 (Shou Onoda/Haruto Kujikawa)
  • Wonder – Episodes 5 & 6 (Issa Kiduku/Futaba Kiduki)
  • Enchant – Episides 7 & 8 (Reiji Amaha/Ayumu Tachibana)
  • Lucida – Episodes 9 & 10 (Naosuke Oyama/Yuma Shirase)
  • Rival – Episodes 11 & 12 (Gaku Oguro/Ruku Nadumi)
  • Y?? – Episode 13

These two-episode stories will center on two idols as seen above, with each episode having one character as its main focus. The episode duos have a nickname and when the first letter from each nickname is taken the list spells the word JEWELRY. In episodes 9 and 10 the Tsukihana Kagura theme will be featured for the first time.

The music for this anime is sure to be top notch

You can listen to VAZZROCK’s music here:

9/25発売「VAZZROCK」ユニットソング③「VAZZY vol.2 -The adventure begins here.-」PV

The production team includes:

  • Director: Yoshihiro Takamoto (Beelzebub)
  • Series composition: Eriko Matsuda
  • Character draft/animation/design: Natsuo
  • Official Chibi Character illustration: Koyori Tsuda
  • Animation director: Minefumi Harada / Yutsuko Hanai
  • Costume design: Ayako Ooki
  • Prop design: Hiroshi Ogawa
  • Art setting: Tsukasa Oohira
  • Art Director: Scott Mcdonald 
  • Color Design: Yukiko Yamaguchi
  • Director of Photography: Atsushi Kanou
  • Editing: Hitomi Sudou
  • Sound Director: Takatoshi Hamano
  • Music: Shuntarou Innami
  • Music Production: Precious Tone
  • Animation Executive Producer: Shinobu Nakagawa
  • Studio: PRA
  • Animation Producer: Yoshiki Sakamoto

The cast has also been revealed:

VAZZY

  • Takaaki Mamiya: Tarusuke Shingaki (Noblesse)
  • Ouka Kira: Yuusuke Kobayashi (Dr. Stone)
  • Issa Kizuku: Masahiro Yamanaka (Tsukiuta. The Animation)
  • Futaba Kizuku: Yuusuke Shirai (IDOLiSH7)
  • Naosuke Ooyama: Tsubasa Sasa
  • Yuuma Shirase: Shun Horie (Visual Prison)
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ROCK DOWN

  • Shou Onoda: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen)
  • Haruto Kujikawa: Yoshiaki Hasegawa (Hundred)
  • Reiji Amaha: Takuya Satou (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru)
  • Ayumu Tachibana: Taito Ban (Bishounen Tanteidan)
  • Gaku Ooguro: Takuya Masumoto (The IDOLMASTER SideM)
  • Ruka Nazumi: Keisuke Koumoto (RobiHachi)

The story unfolds on a fictional island that has 12 nations. Each country is named after a flower, and its residents take pride in being elegant and beautiful. Once every few years, there is a competition where people compete to see who is the most beautiful and elegant of them all. The competition is taken as seriously as a martial arts competition, but there is no fighting involved.

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