A3! is the anime based on the mobile game with the same name. It is split into two anime, A3! Season Spring & Summer, and A3! Season Autumn & Winter. Together, they cover Episodes 1 through 4 in the main storyline. It is a collaboration between two studios, P.A. WORKS and Studio 3Hz.
A3! Season Spring & Summer
A3! Season Spring & Summer follows the stories of the new Spring and Summer Troupes. The anime was announced in Winter 2020, and the first episode was released on January 14, 2020. Each episode is 23 minutes long, Episodes 4-12 were postponed until April 26th, 2020, due to resolving schedule management and the coronavirus. It is currently finished.
Izumi Tachibana comes to Veludo Way, a sacred place for actors. With a frantic letter from Mankai Company, a theater troupe her father used to direct, she returns to see the company neck-deep in debt to a yakuza, and just one member with a love for acting but no experience. She takes on the task of paying off all the money by one year and recruiting actors to make four troupes, each with successful debuts and sold-out shows. It is no easy feat-- but Izumi accepts it headstrong. Will she be able to make each actor bloom?
A3! Season Autumn & Winter
The anime's second part A3! Season Autumn & Winter is currently ongoing, and the first episode premiered on October 12, 2020. It was originally declared to premiere in July 2020, it was postponed. Just as its counterpart, A3! Season Autumn & Winter followed the story of Episode 3 and 4, the rebirth of the Autumn and Winter Troupe.
Just barely enough actors come to the Autumn Troupe Auditions, and each five successfully passing. However, it is less than a rocky start with two of the members not getting along. Constant fighting to the point where physical violence is resorted to has became a common scene at Mankai-- which has now turned into a delinquent playground. This is only the first set of problems just after their previous hurdle was cleared. Will the Autumn Troupe be able to make it to opening night, or will their internal problems break down the company before debt does?
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A3! Season Spring & Summer
|1||To a Future in Full Bloom||Izumi Tachibana receives a letter to visit “MANKAI Company” on Veludo Way, a theater troupe that was directed by her father. However, it fell apart and was out of business for eight years, now deep in debt. There was only one member, Sakuya Sakuma. The theater was about to be demolished by Sakyo Furuichi because they couldn't repay the debt. In a last-ditch effort, Izumi promised to bring two more members to Sakyo by sunset. The three, including Sakuya and the manager, Isuke Matsukawa, frantically ran around Veludo Way in search of new members.|
|2||Romeo and Julius||Izumi became the director to rebuild Mankai Company. Fortunately, Masumi Usui and Tsuzuru Minagi were scouted and joined the troupe, making it three, but it was a long way from the previous four troupes Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter that performed year-round during Mankai's golden age. They still needed to find two other members to form the completed Spring Troupe. As a practice exercise and a way to draw attention, the members did a street act on Veludo Way. Their awkward performance stood out like they wanted, but not in a good way. Meanwhile, a foreigner stopped to watch their show and wanted to join, and Izumi also managed to convince a salaryman to join with their free housing as the deciding factor.|
|3||Good Night, Theater||Citron and Itaru Chigasaki have joined, and the script written by Tsuzuru, an aspiring playwright, has been completed. The revived Spring Troupe started earnestly to keep the promise they had with Sakyo. However, right after a happy start, they are faced with new a new set of problems. Sakuya kept making mistakes no matter how many times he read the script, and Itaru has a lack of motivation. Masumi and his sharp tongue created a tense mood, causing fights with Tsuzuru. Such is the dark side of Mankai Company...|
|4||A New Challenge||Tetsuro Iwai, a carpenter who had been in charge of play backgrounds and larger props since the original troupe's days, and Yuki Rurikawa, a clothes and costume designer/maker, had joined, and Mankai is finally starting to become like a real theater company. Meanwhile, Itaru, who wasn't into theater and saw the difference between him and the others on the stage and felt bad seeing them try so hard when he wasn't putting any effort his acting. That was also pointed out by Yuzo Kashima of the former Spring Troupe. The members are now in a state of turmoil by Itaru's proposal to leave. Sakuya, Tsuzuru, and Citron try to come up with a solution to stop him.|
|5||On Love: Spring Edition||Five people once again reunited their feelings toward the performance. With the advice of Yuzo, Sakuya and Masumi's sword fighting, in the play Romeo and Julius was coming together. Meanwhile, the official website of the old-fashioned troupe and flyer design that Matsukawa was in charge of was redesigned by Tsuzuru's former high school senior Kazunari Miyoshi. Word of the revived Spring Troupe spread little by little. However, Izumi felt troubled by one line said by Masumi in the play. That was the wall that Masumi had to overcome as an actor.|
|6||The Show Must Go On!||The revived Spring Troupe finally reached opening day of the show. Sakuya, who plays Romeo improved a lot to put on a successful performance, Masumi, who plays Julius gradually learned the joy of acting. Playing the role of Mercutio, Tsuzuru entrusted the script to his dream of being a screenwriter, Itaru, who believed in others once more and wanted to try again, played the role of Tybalt, and Citron, who plays the role of Friar Laurence, has always valued the theater company like a family. In order to fulfill the promise to Sakyo with a "full house on closing night", the curtain of the stage will now rise with each feeling in mind.|
|7||A New Season 新しい季節||Izumi and the five members of the Spring Troupe who had a good time after making it through closing night with great success decided to open auditions for the revived Summer Troupe immediately. Two people, Tsuzuru's senpai Kazunari and Yuki, who was in charge of costumes, participated in the audition. In addition, there was the appearance of Muku Sakisaka, a classmate of Yuki, and Tenma Sumeragi, a talented actor for some reason. Despite the fact that Yuki and Tenma didn't get along with each other right off the bat, the Summer Troupe had four members on the first day, all with promising talent. However, the dormitory they lived in had a disturbing atmosphere...|
|8||The Thousand and One Nights 千夜一夜物語||The Summer Troupe started off with the addition of Misumi Ikaruga, who had settled in the theater dormitory, and prepared for the performance three months later. By doing an etude in the first lesson, it was obvious there was a large gap in skill between the experienced actor Tenma and the other four amateurs. They decided to play the same comedy-drama as the former Summer Troupe. Tsuzuru would continue to be in charge of scriptwriting, but all five of them wanted in on a lead role. However, with the theme of Arabian Nights in mind, Tsuzuru solved the problem where all the members could play the main role.|
|9||#9 - Summer Camp はじまりの夏合宿||The Summer Troupe decided to hold a training camp to practice and get to know each other better. After restraining Masumi, who said 'I will go with Izumi!', the five people arrived at the training camp on the outskirts of the city and immediately started practicing. Tenma was motivated to being a better leader but had a bad start by pointing out their faults when practicing. The four of them were repelled and depressed, but they had a bit of fun practicing since it was like a school trip. However, when they were making dinner, a series of events caused Tenma to nitpick again, causing the mood to go sour, and things were back to where they began, if not worse.|
|10||True Friends 本当のオトモダチ||The Summer Troupe had become more as a whole after the camp. However, Yuzo, the former member of the Spring Troupe who came to see their acting, said that they were a long way from perfect. Izumi shows them a video on a single 8mm tape. It was a recording of the stage of the old Summer Troupe. Inspired by their performance, the five people had a new enthusiasm in the spur of the moment to put on an enjoyable show. However, Tenma, who was expected to attract the most people, says not to show his name and photo on the Mankai official website.|
|11||My Weakness オレの弱さを||Tenma wanted to be on the stage even after refusing the movie offer. He realized now that joining the theater troupe was much more than just expanding his acting repertoire. Understanding the mutual feelings of Tenma, the five people share their hearts and vow to succeed and stand on the stage together, no matter what.|
|12||Summertime Survival! 克服のSUMMER||The first day of the Summer Troupe performance. With various feelings, it was also the day of the new departure of the five youths who realized their dreams of being on the stage.|
A3! Season Autumn & Winter
|13||Autumn Turmoil 波乱の秋||Everyone at Mankai is eager to meet the new members of the revived Autumn Troupe, but is unexpectedly hit by a wave of intimidating delinquents. 5 people, including Omi, and surprisingly Sakyo show up, as well as a few new faces, Hyodo Juza, who seems to be hiding something about his relationship with Muku, Settsu Banri, who was dragged into the theater by Matsukawa, and Nanao Taichi. All five guys pass the audition, but the troupe is in disorder with two members, Banri and Juza constantly fighting. But how will the Autumn Troupe be able to work together when Banri and Juza can’t get along?|
|14||A Mismatched Buddy Pair ふぞろいなバディ||The Revived Autumn has started in earnest. Banri, who was inexperienced but gave a near-perfect performance during the audition, volunteers to be leader, also taking the lead spot of their play, in spite of Juza. However, Sakyo was worried about Banri, who didn't show much enthusiasm for the play, or acting at all. On the other hand, although his performance at the audition was poor, he felt a great potential in Juza, who has a strong passion for theater. He asked the Spring Troupe's Tsuzuru, who was in charge or script writing, to give Juza an important role in the play.|
|15||One-Man Shows 一人芝居||The performance of the Revived Autumn Troupe, which has members who are good at moving their bodies, is called "The Roman Episode," which highlights flashy action. Banri and Juza, who play the leading role of the gangster duo, are also a bit calmer due to the rough treatment of Sakyo. The costumes that Yuki makes are completed. The basic outline of the performance was gradually completed. However, their acting was far from perfect. At that time, Yuzo Kashima decided to see Autumn Troupe perform. The five are challenged with the task of performing a "portrait" by Yuzo.|
|16||Become Someone Different 違う誰かに||The five perform their portraits. Banri was confident in his performance, but his evaluation placed him at the bottom of the troupe. Yuzo saw through his fake story, in which Izumi gave the same score. Banri hated the thought of losing to Juza, and left the dormitory, and the next day, decided to leave the troupe. Izumi, who follows him, tells him that if he really thought he performed better than Juza, he should see Juza's portrait with his own eyes.|
|17||Confession 告白||The five members of the Autumn Troupe were relieved and happy that the tickets were all sold out; all they needed now was to hold a successful performance. However, when Yuki called them over to the dressing room, they were faced with ripped costumes that were now unusable, and a piece of paper with the words "Cancel your show" was left behind... Yuki suppressed his anger and decided to remake the costumes. Izumi canceled their dress-rehearsal at the last minute, and everyone pitched in to lend Yuki a hand. With everyone's efforts, they managed to fix the costumes, but the Autumn Troupe reached opening night with a lack of sleep or any energy. Among the audience on the first day, there was the director of the God Troupe, Reni Kamikizaka.|
|18||Portrait of a Punk||This is the start of a new play. Banri, the lead, who was only there to act to defeat Juza, but has now gained a new passion. Juza, who plays the role of Lansky, has been practicing more than anyone else, longing to stand on the stage. Taichi, the role of Benjamin, wants to act with everyone, who has accepted the anguish he had and forgave his actions. Omi, as Dewey, who acted in stead of his friend to fulfill his lost dream, which became his now. And finally, Sakyo as Capone, who decided that he will not regret the dream he had since he was a child. The five go up to the stage with their feelings in mind.|
|19||Season of Reunion 再会の季節||Due to Mankai's gained popularity, two new faces showed up to the Winter Troupe auditions, Tsumugi Tsukioka and Azuma Yukishiro. The first seems to be too humble despite being quite experienced in acting, timid and full of what seems to be regret. The other is a professional cuddler, in which he seems hesitant to live in a dorm by himself. As they perform a street act to attract new people, an eccentric and self-proclaimed poet, Homare Arisugawa joins with his interest in the arts. A former member of the God Troupe, Tasuku Takato, is welcomed by everyone at the company after he was wandering in the streets to find a new troupe after leaving. However, he seems to have a past with Tsumugi, and the two don't get along very well, mostly Tasuku is hostile. The last member was a sleeping young man named Hisoka Mikage, the only memory he brought along with him was his name.|
|20||An Act-Off||As Winter Troupe starts training, they hear about the theater's many urban legends. They can't be true though, can they?|
|21||Responsibility and Commitment||Tsumugi and Tasuku wake up to the same day over and over again. How will they break free from this endless time loop?|
|22||Discord||Rumors about the Winter Troupe members are circulating, causing the team to fall apart.|
|23||Stand By Me||Winter Troupe's debut show has started their run, but what's making Tsumugi act strangely?|
|24||Once More, with Feelings||Everything is on the line as the act-off between Mankai Company and God Troupe begins!|