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Ice Skating Manga ‘Medalist’ Pirouettes Its Way To Television!

‘Medalist’ is an award-winning sports manga that is centered around figure skating – a form of ice skating that involves acrobatic dance moves. The manga also sheds light on a teacher-student duo and their dreams and aspirations.

While the teacher Tsukasa ended up being an ice-dancer and accepted it because he ‘started too late’, he could not let it happen to his student Inori. Inori is a fifth grader who is also told that she started too late and will not be able to catch up.

On Thursday, Kadokawa announced that the ‘Medalist’ manga will be adapted for television anime. An official website and Twitter account were opened, revealing the first visual for the series. Some of the staff members were also revealed.

Ice Skating Manga 'Medalist' Pirouettes Its Way To Television!
First Visual for ‘Medalist’ TV Anime | Source: Official Website

In the visual above, we get the first look at Inori’s design for the anime. The character is shown dancing on the ice floor.

The main staff members who would work on the ‘Medalist’ anime are as follows:

PositionStaffOther Works
DirectorYasutaka YamamotoNoblesse
Series Composition, ScreenplayJukki HanadaGranbelm
Character DesignChinatsu KameyamaIn Another World With My Smartphone
Animation ProductionStudio ENGIKantai Collection: Let’s Meet at Sea

Tsurumaikada, the creator of the manga also shared an illustration to celebrate the announcement of the series.

Ice Skating Manga 'Medalist' Pirouettes Its Way To Television!
Announcement Artwork for ‘Medalist’ By Tsurumaikada | Source: Comic Natalie

‘Medalist’ is quite young, as it was launched in May 2020 in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine. However, in its three-year run, it has received several accolades, including top rankings, nominations, and two awards. This includes the 68th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2023.

Figure skating looks like something fresh in this genre and the circumstances of Tsukasa and Inori will inspire a lot of people who dream big. Fans are not excited about ENGI producing it, so adapting and delivering the anime properly will be important for them.

About Medalist

‘Medalist’ is a sports manga series written and illustrated by Tsurumaikada. It was launched in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine in May 2020 and is collected into eight volumes as of May 2023.

Tsukasa Akeuraji became an ice dancer and gave up on his dreams of solo ice skating because he started too late. He meets a fifth-grade student Inori Yuitsuka, who practiced ice skating in secret and was told the same thing.

With a regained passion and unwillingness to let Inori give up on her dreams, Tsukasa decides to coach her and make her an Olympic medalist in figure skating.

Source: Official Website , Comic Natalie

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