New cast members for Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, the 2nd sequel film to the Wake Up, Girls! TV anime, have been announced. Rena Ueda will play Rika Takashina, a subordinate of Shiho Iwasaki in the idol band I-1 Club. Rika has not appeared in animation so far, but she is the protagonist of the Little Challenger: Wake Up, Girls – side I-1 Club – spin-off manga.
Additionally, a new idol band called New Storm will also be appearing. The new band consists of Aya Mizuta (voiced by Chika Anzai), Nōa Morina (voiced by Marika Kōno), and Nanako Fujisaki (voiced by Mao Amatsuka).
Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom is directed by Yutaka Yamamoto and features animation by Ordet. The film will be released in Japanese movie theaters on December 11, 2015.
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