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‘I give my virginity to Soushi Sazanami’ Anime’s Promo Video Reveals Theme Song
The official website for Sazanami Sōshi ni Junketsu o Sasagu, the anime of Aki Murakami‘s Sazanami Sōshi ni Shojo o Sasagu ~Saa, Jikkuri Medemashō ka~ (I give my virginity to Soushi Sazanami. Now, let’s take our time to love her.) manga posted the anime’s promotional video on Wednesday, The video reveals and previews the anime’s theme song “Virgin Moonlight.” Yoshiki Nakajima, the voice actor for the main character Soushi Sazanami in the anime’s on-air version, is performing the theme song as his character and also narrates the video.
The anime will premiere the first episode on the AnimeFesta service in March, before streaming begins on the YouTube and Niconico services on April 2 at 24:00 (effectively, April 3 at midnight). (The more explicit premium version is exclusive to AnimeFesta, while the on-air version will stream for free on all services.) The anime will then run on April 2 at 25:00 (effectively, April 3 at 1:00 a.m.) on the Tokyo MX and BS11 television channels.
The anime’s cast members include:
- On-air version
- Premium version
Sanae Nagi (Everything for Demon King Evelogia) is directing the anime at Studio Hōkiboshi, and Eeyo Kurosaki (The Titan’s Bride, Overflow) is writing the scripts. Katsuyuki Sato (Fire in His Fingertips -My Childhood Friend is a Fireman-, My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex, Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable!) is designing the characters, and Sato, Seiya Misawa, Kazuya Shiroda, Binme, and Rena Nasu are serving as the chief animation directors. Hiromi Nishiyama is directing the sound at Studio Mausu.
The manga centers on a 26-year-old virgin office worker named Nagisa. She takes a trip with the aim of improving on her shyness, and has a chance meeting with a yakuza member named Sazanami. She begins a relationship with him after they stay together for one night.
Murakami launched the manga on the Comic Cmoa website in March 2021. Suiseisha published the manga’s first compiled book volume in February 2022, and the third volume will ship on March 17.
Sources: Sazanami Sōshi ni Junketsu o Sasagu anime’s website, Comic Natalie
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Crunchyroll to Stream Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation, To Every You I’ve Loved Before, To Me, The One Who Loved You Connected Anime Films
Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation, To Every You I’ve Loved Before, and To Me, The One Who Loved You anime films.
Sasaki to Miyano: Sotsugyo-hen (Graduation Chapter), the new anime film based on Shō Harusono‘s Sasaki and Miyano manga, will stream in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, India, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The film will screen at SakuraCon from April 7-9 and Anime Central from May 19-21, ahead of the unannounced premiere date on Crunchyroll.
The film premiered in Japan on February 17, and screened alongside an anime short adaptation of Harusono’s Hirano and Kagiura spinoff manga.
Shinji Ishihira returned to direct the film at Studio DEEN. Other returning staff members include Takahiro Ueno as assistant director, Yoshiko Nakamura as screenwriter, Maki Fujii as character designer, and Kana Shibue as composer.
The television anime adaptation of Harusono’s Sasaki and Miyano manga premiered in January 2022 and aired for 12 episodes. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired and also streamed an English dub.
An OVA for the franchise shipped on DVD with the ninth volume of the main manga in July 2022. Harusono drafted the original anime episode, titled “Koi ni Kizuku Mae no Chotto Shita Hanashi.” The episode is considered the 13th episode of the television anime series. Crunchyroll is streaming the episode.
The anime films of Yomiji Otono’s Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e (To Every You I’ve Loved Before) and Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e (To Me, The One Who Loved You) novels will begin streaming on Crunchyroll on April 20 in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and India.
Both films opened simultaneously in Japan on October 7.
Each movie had different directors and animation studios. Jun Matsumoto (Brothers Conflict, Night Raid 1931) directed Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e at BAKKEN RECORD. Kenichi Kasai (Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Amanchu!) directed Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e at TMS Entertainment. Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Mary and The Witch’s Flower) penned the script for both films, and shimano (JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World novel cover art) was credited for character design concepts for both films.
Otono released the two science-fiction romance novels on the same day on June 23, 2016. Both complement each other, but can be read in either order. The books take place in a world where traveling to parallel worlds is a common, everyday occurrence.
Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e centers on Koyomi Takasaki, a boy who lives with his mother after his parents divorce. He attempts to make friends in his new college prep school, but his social awkwardness combined with an atmosphere of focusing on studies means he is unsuccessful. One day, his classmate Kazune Takigawa approaches him, and tells him that she is actually from World Line 85, where she and Koyomi are lovers.
Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e centers on Koyomi Hidaka, a boy who lives with his father after his parents divorce. He meets a girl named Shiori Satō at his father’s research lab, and they begin a relationship that is slowly blossoming into love. But everything changes when their parents decide to marry each other, and they decide to move to a parallel world where they are not stepsiblings.
Source: Crunchyroll (link 2, Joseph Luster)
Disclosure: Kadokawa World Entertainment (KWE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation, is the majority owner of Anime News Network, LLC. One or more of the companies mentioned in this article are part of the Kadokawa Group of Companies.
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Rokudo’s Bad Girls Anime Reveals Onishima Alliance Cast
The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yūji Nakamura‘s Rokudo’s Bad Girls (Rokudō no Onna-tachi) manga revealed on Friday a new visual and additional cast for Onishima Alliance members:
Reina Ueda will play three roles: Raino, Kazeno, and Amano, who are the Sumire triplets.
The additional cast also includes:
The anime will premiere on the TOKYO MX channel on April 7 at 25:35 JST (effectively April 8 at 1:35 a.m. or April 7 at 12:35 p.m. EDT), then on MBS, BS Asahi, AT-X, and Kumamoto Kenmin Televisions.
Previously announced cast includes:
Keiya Saitō (Baki) is directing the anime at Satelight, and Yūichirō Momose (So I’m a Spider, So What?, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer) is in charge of the series scripts. Shin’ya Segawa (Pastel Memories) is designing the characters. Hideaki Onishi is handling sub-character design, and Hiroyuki Taiga (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, FUUTO PI) is in charge of mechanical designs. Yasuyoshi Uetsu (Triage X) and Tomoaki Chishima are credited for prop design.
Kenichi Tajiri (The tale of outcasts) is the art director, and Yoshimi Kawakami (Fairy Tail) is the color key artist. Yūjirō Yamane (Bodacious Space Pirates) is the compositing director of photography, and Shūji Matsumoto (Girly Air Force) is editing. Hiroshi Yamamoto (Yu-Gi-Oh! Go Rush!!) is the sound director.
Nakamura launched the manga in Akita Shoten‘s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in June 2016, and ended it in April 2021. Akita Shoten published the manga’s 26th and final compiled book volume in June 2021.
The manga follows Tо̄suke Rokudо̄, a timid high school boy who gets bullied by delinquents. He receives a scroll from his late grandfather, leaving a mark on his forehead. The mark’s effect causes a delinquent girl named Ranna Himawari to fall in love with him.
Sources: Rokudo’s Bad Girls anime’s Twitter account, Comic Natalie
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Birdie Wing Season 2 Anime’s Main Promo Video Previews Opening Theme
Sequel series premieres on April 7
Bandai Namco Pictures began streaming the main promotional video on Friday for the second season of Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story-, Bandai Namco Pictures‘ original golf television anime. The video previews the show’s opening theme.
The anime will premiere on April 7. Kohmi Hirose returns from the first season to perform the opening theme song “Venus Line,” while Sarasa Kadowaki performs the ending theme song “Kimi ga Iru Kara” (Since You’re Here).
Crunchyroll will stream the anime as it airs in Japan.
The anime’s first season premiered on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu in April 2022. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.
Bandai Namco Pictures describes the anime as a youth story centering on two young women golfers named Eve and Aoi Amawashi. The two come from completely different backgrounds, and have the completely opposite play styles, and together they will shake the world of golf.
Takayuki Inagaki (Desert Punk, Rosario + Vampire, Chio’s School Road, Ninja Box) directed the first anime at Bandai Namco Pictures, and Yousuke Kuroda (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, My Hero Academia) was in charge of the series scripts. Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass) and Hironori Anazawa (Scarlet Nexus) composed the music. Professional golf coach and Junior World Golf Championship Japan team coach Tōru Inoue oversaw the anime. Bandai Namco Pictures produced the anime in association with the Global Golf Media Group.
Source: Birdie Wing anime’s website via Ota-Suke
Disclosure: Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. (Sunrise) is a non-controlling, minority shareholder in Anime News Network Inc.
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