Hachigatsu wa Yoru no Batting Center de / At the Batting Center on August Night, a live-action television drama inspired by Akatsuki’s smartphone game with baseball-themed high school girls, Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine / Cinderella Nine, will premiere on TV Tokyo July 7, 2021.
As you can see from the title change, the story is completely different from the game and anime. The story of the television drama takes place in a batting center in Tokyo. Mai Natsuha (Nagisa Sekimizu / 22), a high school girl who takes a part-time job during her summer vacation, and Tomohiro Ito (Toru Nakamura / 55), a former professional baseball player who claims he can tell what kind of problems a person simply with a bat solves the problems of the women who visit the batting center by talking about their lives in terms of baseball.
Sekimizu previously played the main heroine Nana Inohara in the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Ando’s shoujo manga Machida-kun no Sekai in June 2019. Mai Natsuha from this drama is her first leading role in a television drama on Serie. She says, “It’s my first time playing the lead role in a drama, so I’m under a lot of pressure, but I’ll do my best to enjoy playing Mai and everyone who watches will enjoy themselves too!”
When Arihara Tsubasa enters Rigahama Municipal High School and learns that it does not have a baseball club, she starts the Girls’ Baseball Club on her own. Drawn to the club are girls who have never played baseball before, girls who once played but quit, and girls who constantly face great challenges. The Rigahama Girls’ Baseball Club races through the trials of youth, periodically crashing and fighting, but supporting each other the entire way! And so begins the hottest summer the world has ever known …Synopsis
The Cinderella Nine television anime aired for 12 episodes from April to July 2019. Susumu Kudo (Mardock Scramble, Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club) served as director, along with series composition writer Jin Tanaka (Go ! Princess PreCure, Laid-Back Camp) and anime character designer Takayuki Noguchi (Ro-Kyu-Bu !, Angel’s 3Piece!). TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan, Lupine The Third) worked on the anime production. All 12 episodes are available on Crunchyroll.