Prince of Stride
|Prince of Stride|
Japanese cover art for the PlayStation Vita release of Prince of Stride.
(Purinsu Obu Sutoraido)
|Written by||Shūji Sogabe (Original work)|
Naruki Nagakawa (Volume 1–3 text)
Yō Asahi (Volume 3–7 text)
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||November 22, 2012 – present|
|Developer||Kadokawa Games, Vridge|
|Publisher||Kadokawa Games, Dengeki Girl's Style|
|Genre||Otome game, Sports game|
|Released||July 30, 2015|
|Prince of Stride: Galaxy Rush|
|Written by||Teruko Arai|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||27 November 2015 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Prince of Stride: Alternative|
|Directed by||Atsuko Ishizuka|
|Written by||Taku Kishimoto|
|Music by||Yoshiaki Fujisawa|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, BS11|
|Original run||January 5, 2016 – March 22, 2016|
Prince of Stride (プリンス・オブ・ストライド Purinsu Obu Sutoraido) is an otome game developed by Kadokawa Games and Vridge for the PlayStation Vita, first released on July 30, 2015. The game is based around the fictional extreme sport of "stride", which is akin to the real-life extreme sport of parkour. The series revolves a team of six to run a relay race through a town. An anime television series adaptation developed by Madhouse entitled Prince of Stride: Alternative (プリンス・オブ・ストライド オルタナティブ Purinsu Obu Sutoraido Orutanatibu) aired on January 5, 2016 to March 22, 2016. A spin-off manga entitled Prince of Stride Galaxy Rush launched in November 2015 in Dengeki Maoh.
The series Prince of Stride: Alternative revolves around the extreme sport "Stride", a sport where a team of 5 plus a relationer runs relay races in towns. The story takes place at Hōnan Academy where first year high school students Takeru Fujiwara and Nana Sakurai try to re-establish the school's "Stride" team by recruiting 6 members. Their goal is to join other schools to compete and win Eastern Japan's top Stride competition, the "End of Summer". Takeru asked Nana to become a relationer as well as a manager. They asked Riku Yagami to join the team, but he turns them down stating that "Stride" is something that he does not want to do, but has to after finishing in a dead-heat against the upperclassmen.
Hōnan's Stride club is so small that all members automatically enters into the Shogi club (which only has Ayumu) as well since each club must have at least three members.
- Nana Sakurai (桜井 奈々 Sakurai Nana)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Natalie Hoover (English)
- Nana is the player character in the visual novel and a hardworking girl who's moved alone from Hokkaido to Tokyo, and has transferred to Hōnan Academy due to her admiration of the old Stride team. Soon after joining, she was given the position of the relationer of the Stride club by Fujiwara as well as her role as a manager. Since her father is known as the "King of Stride", Nana is unofficially known as the "Princess of Stride".
- Riku Yagami (八神 陸 Yagami Riku)
- Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
- Riku is another freshman who becomes friends with Nana on their first meeting. He is cheerful and friendly, also has good motor skills. He loves all kinds of sports except Kabbadi, and wishes to join all of the sports club in the school. His family runs a bakery and his older brother is Tomoe.
- Takeru Fujiwara (藤原 尊 Fujiwara Takeru)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- Always cool and stoic. His only interest is stride. In middle school, he was a famous stride runner. He usually wears glasses with no frames on top, but during practice he uses contacts. He seems to have strong faith in Riku's athletic ability as Riku finished in a dead-heat in the 2-on-2 race against Heath. He tends to feel people's legs to determine their talent. It is later revealed that he can't swim.
- Hozumi Kohinata (小日向 穂積 Kohinata Hozumi)
- Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
- Looks cute, loves collecting small animal plushies, but actually loves terrible jokes and wants to work in the theater. Even if he's injured, he always carries a smile. The caring eldest son of a big family. He especially cares for Ayumu. His technique is such that he relies more on acrobatic parkour skills rather than running speed to overtake others, thus being touted as "The Trickster of Hōnan".
- Heath Hasekura (支倉 ヒース Hasekura Heath)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Jason Liebrecht (English)
- Leader of the Stride club. Full of manly spirit, he has a dependable aura. He's half British and has two sisters; one is president of a company, the other is a model. Heath himself also models sometimes against his will. He didn't feel practice was necessary since the club doesn't have enough members to even race, and thus was de-registered by the Japanese Stride Association (JSA). He later regains hope when Nana, Riku, and Takeru join the Stride club. He manages to convince Kuga to come back, as well.
- Kyōsuke Kuga (久我 恭介 Kuga Kyōsuke)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Ivan Jasso (English)
- A former member of Hōnan's stride club. He's considered as a somewhat scary person because an incident where he took the blame for and quit stride club. Kuga has a mysterious vibe to him and may often appear as a loner. He's finally convinced to rejoin the Stride club by Heath.
- Ayumu Kadowaki (門脇 歩 Kadowaki Ayumu)
- Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese); Micah Solusod (English)
- He is a passionate Shogi player first, self-proclaimed "King" and leader of the Shogi club (the only true member), reluctant runner second. He has green hair and wears glasses. He was a relationer last year, and relayed information to Heath and Hozumi in the 2-on-2 race. He then contemplated quitting the team and the Shogi club because he has no talent as a runner.
The coach and advisor of the Stride team. He often speaks using four-character idiomatic phrases. Somehow, he never uses the same ones.
Team name: Galaxy Standard, which is also an idol band, and is the first rival of Honan, having been matched up on their debut match.
- Reiji Suwa (諏訪 怜治 Suwa Reiji)
- Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)
- The captain of Saisei Stride Club. A competitive person, and his competitiveness triggered an after match with Fujiwara Takeru.
- Shizuma Mayuzumi (黛 静馬 Mayuzumi Shizuma)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese); Garret Storms (English)
- The relationer of Saisei Stride Club and faithful aide of Suwa Reiji. Dubbed as "superhuman" because he can do everything (maybe except cooking) by his younger brother, Mayuzumi Azuma. He can give accurate command to his runners.
- Bantarō Chiyomatsu (千代松 万太郎 Chiyomatsu Bantarō)
- Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
- Likes to be referred to as "Ban-chan". He is also known as the "Trickster" of Saisei, is lively, and full of enthusiasm.
- Tasuku Senoo (妹尾 匡 SenooTasuku)
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese); Shawn Gann (English)
- He is very serious and will do almost anything to help Mr. Reiji win. He will often shove the other Stride team to the side, like he did with Heath.
- Asuma Mayuzumi (黛 遊馬 Mayuzumi Asuma)
- Voiced by: Yūki Ono (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)
- Younger brother of Mayuzumi Shizuma. Called the most plain in the group because of minimal stage presence and is made fun of because of that by his teammates. Close with Yagami Riku, he jokes they both have "superhuman" as older brothers.
- Kaede Okumura (奥村 楓 Okumura Kaede)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese); Jean-Luc Hester (English)
- Huge fan of Kuga Kyosuke. He tries his best to beat Kuga, and often shows off while running in a Stride race.
- Kei Kamoda (鴨田 慶 Kamoda Kei)
- Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
- The captain of Mihashi Stride Club. He also is the secret true Relationer of the team. He wants to win since it was his brother, Kamoda Yu,'s last summer.
- Yū Kamoda (鴨田 侑 Kamoda Yū)
- Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)
- The Relationer of Mihashi Stride Club in name only. He mainly bluffs and calls out false sets.
- Aoi Shima (嶋 葵 Shima Aoi)
- Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Derick Snow (English)
- Hisato Harigaya (針ヶ谷 久人 Harigaya Hisato)
- Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Japanese); Chris Guerrero (English)
- Takeshi Eifuku (永福 武志 Eifuku Takeshi)
- Voiced by: Taishi Murata (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
- Nobuhiko Nagatsuka (長塚 乃彦 Nagatsuka Nobuhiko)
- Voiced by: Itaru Yamamoto (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
- Yuri Himemiya (姫宮 悠李 Himemiya Yuri)
- Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
A third-year runner who looks like a girl and has the best parkour skills on his team. He's sworn Hozumi as his enemy.
The third-year Relationer who is very sadistic and tries to use past traumas against their opponents. He thinks the Relationer is supreme, and that the others can't run without him.
- Kaoru Shishibara (獅子原 馨 Shishibara Kaoru)
- Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi (Japanese); Cris George (English)
A third-year runner who was pitted against Kuga. He's been naturally blessed with an excellent body, a simple mind, and has never felt any stress or troubles.
- Kiyoto Washimi (鷲見 紀世斗 Washimi Kiyoto)
- Voiced by: Hiromichi Tezuka (Japanese); Marcus D. Stimac (English)
A third-year runner who was the anchor for Ichijikan. He was badly outmatched by Takeru. He's one of Himemiya Yuri's henchmen.
- Arata Samejima (鮫島 改 Samejima Arata)
- Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Kyle Phillips (English)
A third-year runner who's popular with the girls. He's one of Himemiya Yuri's three henchmen.
- Tetsu Hachiya (蜂屋 鉄 Hachiya Tetsu)
- Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
A third-year runner who is very talkative, annoying, and noisy. He fell in love with Yuri without knowing he was a guy. He's one of Yuri's three henchmen.
Yagami Riku's older brother. A former member of the Hōnan Stride team who left in his third year of high school to study abroad in America. He returns to invite Kuga to join his school.
- Nampei Aoba (青葉 南平 Aoba Nampei)
- Voiced by: Ikuji Nose (Japanese); Oscar Seung (English)
- Ryō Izumino (五十公野 了 Izumino Ryō)
- Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Seth Magill (English)
- Joe Sakurai (桜井 ジョウ Sakurai Jō)
- Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese); Robert McCollum (English)
- The new coach of the Kakyôin Stride team and Nana's father. He is known as the "King" for making the sport popular in Japan. He was working in America at the start of the series before coming back just before the End of Summer tournament.
- Diane Hasekura (支倉 ダイアン Hasekura Daian)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (English)
- Heath's elder sister and the president of a fashion company. In exchange for sponsoring the Honan Stride Club, she has the team members model her company's clothes. Initially, the deal was that they win Kichijoji Spring Festival. After suffering through the bragging of a rival company (who was sponsoring the Saisei Stride Team), Diane continued to sponsor Honan and created new jerseys for the team to wear for official matches.
The anime's opening theme song is "Strider's High" by OxT (Masayoshi Ōishi x Tom-H@ck). The anime's ending theme is "Be My Steady" by Galaxy Standard, a music unit composed of the voice actors from the anime's Saisei Academy Stride Club (Mamoru Miyano, Daisuke Hirakawa, Takuya Eguchi, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yuuki Ono, and Toshiyuki Toyonaga). Funimation has licensed the anime to stream the anime in both subtitled and dubbed versions.
All episode are numbered by Step followed by the title of the episode.
|No.||Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title
|Original air date|
|1||"On Your Mark - The Beginning of Destiny"|
"ON YOUR MARK Unmei no hajimari" (ON YOUR MARK 運命のはじまり)
|January 5, 2016|
|Nana Sakurai loves Stride, the street-running team sport. She chooses to enter Honan Academy based on an internet video she saw of the Honan Stride Club. However, choosing an academic path based on an internet video may not have been a good idea - especially when one Stride recruit is unwilling to help.|
|2||"Believe - I Will Always Be Here"|
"BELIEVE Itsu demo ore wa koko ni iru" (BELIEVE いつでも俺はここにいる)
|January 12, 2016|
|It's clear that Takeru Fujiwara is a very talented runner, though it seems like he has teamwork problems. The Honan Academy Stride Club has plenty of other problems too, and they only have a few weeks to solve them all.|
|3||"Galaxy - Now, Stars Who Shine"|
"GALAXY Ima, hoshi-tachi ga kagayaku" (GALAXY いま、星たちが輝く)
|January 19, 2016|
|The Kichijoji Spring Stride Festival is on; Honan Academy faces off against Saisei High School, a powerful and famous team. After a run-in with them before the match, Riku is already intimidated.|
|4||"Run - When the Mind is Full"|
"RUN Toki ni kokoro ga ippai desu" (RUN ときに心がいっぱいです)
|January 26, 2016|
|Stride season is here, and high school teams from all over Japan compete for the spot in the End of Summer event. Honan faces off against Mihashi in the Atami hot springs resort area.|
|5||"Again - Just You, Only You"|
"AGAIN Tada anata dake anata ni" (AGAIN ただあなただけあなたに)
|February 2, 2016|
|Honan Academy wins the race, but Ayumu is injured in the process. They must find a replacement soon, but in order to do so, the team must revisit a painful event from the past.|
|6||"Team - Connect Emotions, Become the Wind"|
"TEAM — Kanjoo o setsuzoku shimasu, Kaze ni narimasu" (TEAM — 感情を接続します, 風になります)
|February 9, 2016|
|Kuga comes back to the Honan team and they face off Ichijokan at Shinjuku, in place of injured Ayumu. Ichijokan's relationer uses the trauma of KGB incident to win, but the relation is pulled off successfully.|
|7||"Rival - A Promise for August"|
"RIVAL 8 Tsuki no yakusoku" (RIVAL 8 月の約束)
|February 16, 2016|
|Before the EOS final, Honan and Saisei teams have a joint practice in Saisei's stride facility.|
|8||"Wall - Chasing, Still So Far Away"|
"WALL Tsuiseki, Mada tooku hanare" (WALL 追跡,まだ遠く離れ)
|February 23, 2016|
|EOS time trial: Saisei vs Tsubakimachi and Honan vs Kakyoin in Sapporo Dome. Will Honan get intimated by their former competitor?|
|9||"Home - The One and Only"|
"HOME Koko ni shikanai mono" (HOME ここにしかないもの)
|March 1, 2016|
|The team is under a lot of stress from intensive training - especially Riku and Takeru - which causes them to not be able to work well together. Because of this, the rest of the team decides to take them to a water park to relieve stress and secretly get Riku and Takeru to reconcile.|
|10||"Stand Up - Because You Were There"|
"STAND UP Anata ga attanode" (STAND UP あなたがあったので)
|March 8, 2016|
|Riku loses hope that he'll ever be able to be as good as everyone wants him to so he can catch up to his brother. Will Takeru be able to reignite his passion for Stride?|
|11||"High Touch - For You, Who Gave Me the Smile"|
"HIGH TOUCH Anata wa watashi o egao ni tsukura remashita" (HIGH TOUCH あなたは私を笑顔に作られました)
|March 15, 2016|
|It's finally the day of the EOS match, and a rematch with Saisei. Will Honan be able to win, even though Saisei has been holding back during the training camp?|
|12||"End of Summer - And Beyond"|
"End of Summer - soshite, biyondo" (End of Summer - そして、ビヨンド」)
|March 22, 2016|
|After winning the EOS semi-final, it's on to the final stride. The rest of Honan wants Riku to be the anchor (the team member to complete the race) just so he can face Tomoe, who happens to be that of the Kakyoin team. A thrilling end to the street-running sport!|
- All English titles are taken from Funimation.
- "Prince of Stride Game Gets TV Anime by Madhouse in January". Anime News Network. September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "Prince of Stride Alternative TV Anime's Video Introduces Main Characters". Anime News Network. December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "Prince of Stride Galaxy Rush Manga Launches in November". Anime News Network. October 26, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "Prince of Stride Alternative Anime's Theme Song Artists Revealed". Anime News Network. November 11, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Funimation to Stream Dimension W, Grimgar, Pandora, Divine Gate, Prince of Stride, Dagashikashi with Dub". Anime News Network. December 22, 2015.
- "STORY" (in Japanese). Retrieved January 6, 2016.