From the WOWOW original TV series “Puru-Started marrying with AI” starring the voice actor Kaji Yuuki as the main role, a special preview video that is carefully selected only from the “Good Voice” scene Kaburaki Keniichi acted by Kaji has been revealed.
The TV series “Puru-Started marrying with AI” is an SF Human-comedy that depicts a love and marriage life between humans and AI set in a near-future Kyoto, and is based on the original fiction “Piple” written by Harada Mariru.
This title asks a question of “What is it to be AI and Human”, through the relationship between characters full of individuality, such as Kaburaki Keniichi, a salaryman who decided to marry a human-type AI, “Piple”, an AI that became a wife, and Fukayama Kaede, an AI researcher.
The “Good Voice preview video” that was revealed this time, is a compilation of the scenes with a dialogue of the main character Kaburaki Keniichi (who is an unmarried salaryman), with an impressive “Good Voice” acted by Kaji Yuuki.
The video shows the joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure of Kaburaki ,who is swayed by other characters full of individuality in 30 seconds and can enjoy the appealing points of Kaburaki through the video.
This video includes scenes from the first episode, which is currently available for free at WOWOW's official YouTube channel and special website, and more scenes from second and beyond, making this video a good “preparation” before watching the actual episodes.
The WOWOW original TV series “Puru-Started marrying with AI” has started its broadcasting from May 18, 2020, on WOWOW Prime. Out of 8 episodes in total, the first two episodes are broadcasted together, and the first episode is free to watch.
The voice actor Shimono Hiro joined the cast in WOWOW original drama "Piple: AI to Kekkon Seikatsu Hajimemashita" (Broadcast date: May 18) that features the voice actor Kaji Yuuki as the main cast. We had received comments such as, "Ah, please enjoy my voice alongside Kaji-kun as well!" toward the audiences.
The first scene photos from WOWOW's original drama "Piple: AI to Kekkon Seikatsu Hajimemashita" (to be broadcast on May 18, 2020) starring the voice actor Kaji Yuuki have been released.
In addition, Tanaka Masayoshi, known for his works in "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" and "Your Name", will be joining the staff team as the avatar designer, and his comments have also been received.
Based on the novel "Piple" by Harada Mariru, "Piple: AI to Kekkon Seikatsu Hajimemashita" is a sci-fi human comedy set in the near future of 2030 where humans are able to marry AI robots.
The story revolves around Tsumiki Kenichi, a salaryman who chooses to marry a humanoid AI robot called "Piple". Through the interactions between the protagonist and the unique characters including his wife, "Piple", and Miyama Kaede, AI researcher and creator of "Piple", the story is centered on "how things work between AI and humans".
The first scene photos are all from the first episode.
Along with the scene where Tsumiki activates the humanoid AI "Piple" and the shots featuring each of the three main cast members, the glimpse on the nature of the drama and its delicacy can also be seen from the scene where Tsumiki tries to kiss "Piple" and the scene where Tsumiki rides his bicycle along the Kamo River in Kyoto, the setting of this drama.
Expectations are high for the passionate performances of the cast, who bring the original story to life, including Kaji who plays the main character Tsumiki, a bachelor in his thirties.
Furthermore, it has been announced that Tanaka Masayoshi, known for his works in "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" and "Your Name", will be in charge of the avatar design for the WEB radio broadcast by Tsumiki (played by Kaji).
Besides his core business in medical equipment, after returning home, Tsumiki enjoys most of his time working as a host for a WEB radio show. The avatar in question is displayed on the tablet during the radio broadcast.
Tanaka was also in charge of the cover illustration of the original light novel "Piple", which led to this offer. The characters created by such a popular designer will also become one of the highlights of this work.
The WOWOW's original drama "Piple: AI to Kekkon Seikatsu Hajimemashita" will begin airing on WOWOW Prime on May 18, 2020.
The first two episodes (eight in total) will be broadcast in succession, and only episode 1 will be aired for free.
(C) 2020 Drama "Piple" Production Committee
The guests for the drama "Seiyuu Detectives" for 4 consecutive weeks starting from March 5, 2021, such as Ono Yuuki and Masuda Toshiki, have been announced. Also, it was decided that Uchida Yuuma will be performing the theme song.
After retiring as a voice actor due to unforeseen reasons, Furei Osamu (Sawashiro Chiharu) becomes a detective and solves various incidents with his special ability "Absolute Voice". It is a comedy mystery work, where he solves the incidents by using the victim's dying voice together with newcomer detective Sukitaga Kaoru (Takeda Rena) and Furei's partner "Smart Mic" Binaural-kun (Hanae Natsuki).
The voice actors, who are the victims in the incident and acting as themselves, have been announced. Don't miss the murder scene and the "Reenactment VTR" of the detective’s deduction.
Ono Yuuki, voice of Higashikata Josuke from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable", will appear in episode 1. This episode started with Ono dying from blood loss. Can the incident be solved with the wound on his forehead and the dying voice of Ono before his death as the clues?
Masuda Toshiki, known for the anime "Touken Ranbu", "Attack on Titan The Final Season", "My Hero Academia", and others, will appear as a guest in episode 2. Masuda got involved in an incident when he was recording for his songs...
Kaneda Tomoko, who has a high-pitched voice, an unimaginable wording, and also actively participating in variety shows, will appear in episode 3. After Kaneda become a hit as the voice of the "Bottom Biting Bug", she got involved in various incidents...
Namikawa Daisuke, who appeared in "One Piece", "Lupin the Third", and others, will appear in episode 4. He encountered a mysterious incident in the hotel room.
In each episode, the story will progress and the truth about the "black voice" that the protagonist is searching for, will be revealed.
Also, the theme song will be handled by Uchida Yuuma. Thus, the cast members, narration and even the theme song are all mostly handled by voice actors. Comments from Uchida Yuuma and the producer Sobu Erina have been released.
Drama "Seiyuu Detective" will start broadcasting at 1:53 AM, on March 6, 2021, on TV Tokyo.
Comments from Uchida Yuuma (Theme Song Singer)
I am very glad that "Spin a Roulette" was chosen as the theme song for "Seiyuu Detective"!
I believe that this song is perfect for a drama setting that is filled with mysteries.
Moreover, as the cast members will also dance along with the songs, it make me very happy as I hardly had any chance to see others dance to my song!
So, please enjoy the drama together with the song!
Comments from the producer Sobu Erina
Producer Ooshima from Tohokushinsha Film Corporation said, "Voice actors are actually good at acting!" passionately when he first proposed this project. Since he is from a popular company that has a long history in dubbing movies, so I believe that he has confidence in the acting skill of the voice actors. Thus, this is a drama that was started from that enthusiasm and it also featured a gathering of amazing voice actors. Do look forward to it as secret guests, who are close to the victim, will also appear!
(C) TV Tokyo
"Laid-Back Camp△" aired on TV Tokyo in January 2020 with Fukuhara Haruka in the lead role. The special will be aired on March 29, 2021 at 23:06. "Laid-Back Camp△2", which follows on from Season 1 and the special, will start airing on April 1.
The original story of "Laid-Back Camp△" is a comic by Afro that is being serialized on the manga app "COMIC FUZ".
It has been well received by viewers as "the relaxed camping life of the girls is soothing" and by fans of the original work for "faithfulness to the original work", and it has been announced that the cast will continue into the second season.
The "Laid-Back Camp△ Special" to be aired on March 29 will depict how Rin (Fukuhara Haruka), Nadeshiko (Oohara Yuno) and the others will spend their New Year's holidays after their Christmas camping trip in Season 1.
The theme song will be sung by LONGMAN, the same as in the first season. The title of the song is "Hello Youth" and it is a bright pop song that will make you want to go camping.
LONGMAN's Ba/Vo Sawa also commented on the song. "Laid-Back Camp△ Special" will be aired on March 29 at 23:06 on TV Tokyo.
LONGMAN Ba/Vo Sawa Comment
We are so happy that our song "Hello Youth" has been chosen for "Laid-Back Camp△2" and that we will be in charge of the second season following the first season! I think this song is not only fun but also heartbreaking, and I think it will be a good match for "Laid-Back Camp△". I hope you'll enjoy LONGMAN's "Hello Youth" along with this drama!
As in season 1, we will be filming this drama as faithfully as possible to the original comic, with special attention paid to the locations. Watching the drama will make you want to go camping. Even if you don't go, you will feel like you have. The spectacular scenery depicted in the original comic will be delivered to you in the form of actual footage. It is a new kind of relaxed camping drama that depicts the charm of camping and the relaxed daily lives of high school girls who enjoy camping. Please enjoy the changes in the relationship between Rin and the four girls over the course of Season 1, the unchanging relaxed camping at the new campsite, and the dusty daily lives of the five girls.
(C) Drama "Laid-Back Camp△" Production Committee
"Kushagara" included in the novel "Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection" derived from Araki Hirohiko's manga "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" will be made into a live-action drama. It will be broadcast on NHK General TV under the title of the special drama "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" from December 28, 2020 for three consecutive nights. At the same time, cast members information including Takahashi Issei, who will play as Rohan Kishibe, was announced.
The original of "Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection" is a novelized work based on the short manga "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" series that depicts the bizarre events where Kishibe Rohan encounters during his research in a horror-like manner..
5 original stories by 4 writers are included, and this time, one volume "Kushagara" written by Kitaguni Ballad will be made into a live-action drama.
In addition to Takahashi Issei playing as the main character, Kishibe Rohan, it was announced that Iitoyo Marie will be Izumi Kyouka, Shibazaki Fuga as Ikkyu, Moriyama Mirai as Shishi Jugo, Takiuchi Kumi as Katahira Mai and Nakamura Tomoya as Hirai Taro in the drama.
The special drama "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" will be broadcast on NHK General TV from 10:00 pm to 10:49 pm on Dec. 28, 29, and 30 for three consecutive nights.
Voice actors Shimono Hiro and Kaji Yuki played in the TV commercial "no doubt", an animated version of an original corporate tie-up novel by novelist Sumino Yoru, known for "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas".
They play as high school boys who spend time with their friends for no reason. Along with the full-length TV commercial, a making-of video and a video that includes a special interview have also been released.
"no doubt" is a coming-of-age story about two high school boys who don't have club activities or part-time jobs, and spend their time together for no reason. It depicts the ordinary, everyday life when they realize that "that was my youth" as an adult, and the Bourbon’s "rich chocolate brownies" that are with them. This is the first novel written by Sumino, who is known for "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas," and is an original corporate tie-up novel based on the theme of "respecting feelings that have no reason."
In the anime TV commercial, Shimono plays as a high school boy, Imai, and Kaji plays as his classmate, Igarashi, as well as in the previously released audio novel version.
In the special interview, they talk about their impressions of the filming, their youthful episodes related to their roles as high school boys, and their favorite things even if there is no reason for them, along with the theme of the film.
The anime TV commercial "no doubt," a coming-of-age story, in which Shimono Hiro and Kaji Yuki play as high school boys, has been released since April 13.
You can also watch all five episodes of the audio novel version of "no doubt" on Bourbon's official YouTube channel, so check it out as well.
＜Full text of the comments as follows〉
Shimono Hiro as Imai
This time, I played as Imai, but I never thought I'd get to play a part in such a coming-of-age story, and when the director explained that Imai was "the typical type of boy who lives today," which made me a little nervous as I am over 40 years old.
The story is basically from the point of view of Imai. It's a story about the indescribable and exquisite interaction between Igarashi and Imai, which makes me want to keep enjoying the atmosphere that I get from working with Kaji. The rich chocolate brownies are also a keyword in the story, so please enjoy listening to how they appear and how they are expressed. I hope you enjoy it.
Kaji Yuki as Igarashi
I've read Sumino Yoru's works before... and this newly written "no doubt" is a really wonderful story. The unstable feelings and indescribable atmosphere of adolescence were exquisitely expressed through the two boys, Imai and Igarashi. I was trembling from the moment I read the script by myself, so I was really looking forward to seeing what would happen in the recording. I think that the atmosphere of my long-time relationship with Shimono-san is reflected in the work. I'm sure you'll enjoy the taste of the "rich chocolate brownie" to the fullest through the coming-of-age episodes. Please listen to it while biting a "rich chocolate brownie". Thank you very much!
The voice actor, Kaji Yuuki is being featured as the front cover "Seiyu Animedia" April Issue, which was released on March 10, while the back cover featured Itou Kento and Nakajima Yoshiki of UMake.
Kaji Yuuki is being featured on the front cover and the front article of this magazine. It will feature an interview about the new collection line of "en.365°", the original apparel brand produced by himself, as he talked about his fixation toward fashion and the secret behind the production. It also contains the original gravure photos.
Also, the back cover and last article featured the unit UMake, which consists of Itou Kento and Nakajima Yoshiki. The article will talk about the mysterious relationship between the 2 as well as behind-the-scene of "UMake 4th Live Tour Love".
It will also feature Kamiya Hiroshi, Ogura Yui, Yuki Aoi, and others.
"Seiyu Animedia" April Issue was released on March 10, 2021. The price is 1,480 JPY (tax included), and the bromide novelty will be available in certain shops.
The lineup of the voice actor Kaji Yuuki's original apparel brand "en.365°" 2021S/S has been announced. The pre-orders have started as well.
"en.365°" is an original apparel brand by Kaji Yuuki based on "fate" and "human connections" that he treasured together with the thoughts of "things that can be worn for 365 days", and "to exceed the 360° (JPY)".
The lineup of 2021S/S includes the "T-shirts (sora) that Kaji wore during the photography and the "BackPack", where the sacoche could be detachable.
The bucket hat from the collaboration with the hat brand "CA4LA" has been announced as well. This item is fully supervised by Kaji Yuuki himself. It has a simple design yet his determination can be seen in the detailed parts, and it can be used with various clothing.
The pre-orders for "en.365°" 2021S/S have started. The look photos of the new products have been updated on the official website.
TV animation "Chibi Maruko-chan" will hold a "Four Weeks in a Row! Spring Special Month" in March. It will feature Kamiya Hiroshi and Kaji Yuuki and others as voice actors and will be full of special programs.
The "Four Weeks in a Row! Spring Special Month" will be held on March 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Kamiya-san played the role of Hiroshi, a fifth grader who loves cameras, in the episode "Fujiki, I want Sasayama-san's photo" broadcast on March 7.
Hiroshi first appeared on the show about 20 years ago and has been Kamiya's signature role ever since. This is the first time in about two years that Kamiya has played the role of Hiroshi, who is a little more mature and cool.
Kaji-san appeared in the episode "Maruko and the Cheeky Izzi" aired on the 21st as Yuji, a boy the same age as Maruko who was brought to Tomozo's friend's house when he came to visit.
In the episode, Maruko and Yuji are quarrelsome at first, but after an incident, they become friends.
The scene at the end of the episode where Yuji performs "Uirou Seller," one of the eighteen Kabuki plays for Maruko, is actually a scene that the program staff incorporated into the story after hearing Kaji-san's own "Gairou Seller" on YouTube.
The annual one-hour special to be broadcast on the 14 will feature the TV personality Ijuin Hikaru as a guest voice actor.
And on the 28, there will be a special 30-minute program to thank narrator Yamada Keaton, who will be leaving the program on the same day.
"Four weeks in a row! Spring Special Month" will be broadcast on March 7 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., March 14 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., March 21 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., and March 28 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
＜The full text of the comments is below.
Q. It's been almost two years since Hiroshi appeared in the show, but how was it playing him after such a long time?
A. "I think Hiroshi's first appearance was about 20 years ago, but the number of times he has appeared is probably still in the single digits... Because of this rarity, I get nervous every time I remember his first appearance!"
Q. What do you and Hiroshi have in common?
A. "When I was in the fifth grade, there was a fierce NES boom. It's been more than 30 years since then, but I still enjoy playing games... I have a feeling that Hiroshi will do the same."
Q. What was your own love episode when you were a child?
A. "When I was in the fifth grade of elementary school, I liked a classmate named Saito-san. Unfortunately, I can't remember her first name... It's not that I can't remember her these days, but I can't go back in my memory and find myself remembering her. Probably, boys back then were a little embarrassed to remember girls' first names. Boys are stupid, aren't they?"
Q. What are the highlights of this episode?
A. "The highlight is Fujiki's love life. As for me, I was given the role of an announcer for the first half of the show, and I had to improvise my lines, but since the world of "Chibimaruko-chan" is in the Showa era and the setting is Shimizu City, I didn't know what kind of news I should tell, so I called out to Honda-san, the sound director, and asked for his wisdom. ... I just wanted to let you know that I had such a hard time!"
Q. How did you feel when you found out you would be participating as a guest voice actor?
A. "I was so, so happy! I was so happy...I couldn't believe it right away, so when I got the call from the office, I couldn't help but ask, "Are you sure it's Chibi Maruko-chan, the character that everyone in Japan knows?" I asked them back (lol). "Even now that the recording is over, it still feels like a dream. It's a memory that will last a lifetime!"
Q. How did you play the role of the boy Yuji?
A. "Yuji is a mischievous boy, just like any elementary school boy. But if you know the reason for his mischief, you will feel that he is a very cute boy. And then there's the occasional smile and masculinity... I was really taken aback by this gap (lol)! I'm honored to play a boy of the same age as Maruko. I hope he'll appear again someday...!"
Q. This time, the story incorporates the "Uirou" selling technique, which is also shown on YouTube.
A. "Selling 'uirou' in front of my seniors... is there anything in this world that makes me more nervous than that? No, there isn't (lol)! However, Yuji is still in elementary school. However, Yuji is still in elementary school, so I tried to make my performance more fun than delicious. I imagine that he feels proud of the "special magic" that his grandpa taught him."
Q. What are the highlights of this episode?
A. "It's an original story with a lot of scenes with just Maruko and Yuji, so I was able to talk a lot! I hope you enjoy the indescribable atmosphere that only elementary school students can create! Personally, I was happy to be able to hum the familiar tune of "Chibi Maruko-chan" (lol). Also... please pay attention to the way Yuji calls Maruko!"
(C) Sakura Production / Nippon Animation
The ABEMA original program "Hikasa Iguchi no Onnakoe Gohan!" featuring Hikasa Youko and Iguchi Yuka as the MC was broadcast exclusively on May 21, 2021, on ABEMA "Anime Live Channel". Ogura Yui appeared as a guest and other than the various talk when the three of them are cooking, it also featured the ad-lib dubbing session "Korezo Seiyuu Narikiri Atereko", introduction of convenient kitchen goods "Otekaru Kantan! Benri Kitchen Goods", and other corners.
The broadcast will have the MCs cooking cuisine from three different countries with the theme of "Enjoys the traveling atmosphere from the worldwide cuisine" as we are unable to travel overseas in the current situation.
The first broadcast featured Hikasa, who uploaded cuisines on her blog, Ogura, who loves cooking and often cooked at home, and Iguchi, who didn't cook recently as she thinks it troublesome. The enthusiasm from Iguchi is "I want to try to love cooking today and want to provide a cuisine that even someone like me can cook".
After learning about their cooking experience, the menu for the broadcast was announced! It will be Italy's Acqua Pazza, Mexico's Tostadas Salad, and Korea's Yangneyom Chicken.
Despite Iguchi voiced out her astonished "Can we even cooked these?", she was able to show her cooking skill that she gained from attending the previous cooking class while facing difficulties in the process as she was not used to it. However, Hikasa and Ogura, who often cooked, were able to show out their skill splendidly. While showing off their magnificent cutting skill with the knife, they progressed in their cooking smoothly and also enjoyed cooking the worldwide cuisine that they hardly cooked by saying "It fun to cook cuisine that I've never seen before!" and "So, this is how the sauce is created~!”
Also, there is a talk session during the cooking. As the theme of the program is related to oversee travel, they had talked about various topics from their recent activities to their most confident cuisine. During the topic "Do you cooked according to the recipe? Or self-improvised?", Hikasa answered, "Of course, I cooked according to the recipe. My original dish is the fried rice with the leftovers ingredients only".
On the other hand, Ogura answered "I followed the recipe, but I usually arranged it in my own way afterward." Followed by "For example, I replaced sugar with honey as it seems that it would be fine if I mix mirin, soy sauce, and honey together" as Ogura explained about her own cooking method since she mostly cooked traditional Japanese cuisines.
Then, when asked about "What's the overseas cuisine that you want to eat", Ogura answered, "Pho is very delicious!", as she also revealed a failure during overseas, saying "I love Coriander, but I was served with the grass-like that comes with the stem at the local stores. So, I try to insert it in the soup for the time being, but when I looked at the locals, they are chewing the fresh leaf from the stem and they ate the whole stem in the end."
After they finished cooking, its time for them to try it. The three of them are enjoying the cuisines they cooked with the following comments "It has a strong flavor and is extremely delicious", "I can see the Mediterranean Sea!", and "Our cuisines are delicious~".
Then, it was the corner where they talked while enjoying the meal.
During the theme "What's the failure during work that you can laugh now?", toward Ogura's reply, "I once ad-libbed when I forgot the lyrics during the concert", Hikasa mentioned "Your recovery from the failure was excellent. Isn't this the technique that was obtained from the difference between the numbers of stage performance?"
When talking about the stage performance, the topic moved to the unit "RO-KYU-BU!", where the three of them are members of. Some of the conversations are "I was helped by Yui-chan", "During the break, Yui-chan keep practicing in front of the mirror, and in the end, everyone got drawn in by her and also started practicing during the break as well, which make me thought of the power of youth," and "That was a splendid effort".
After that, the three of them talked about the role they wanted to try out, their dreams, the failure during their debut, and other topics. Before the broadcast end, they reflected back by saying, "It was fun cooking with both of you, and I become energetic from this liveliness", "I want to have fun cooking with everyone again!", "I'm looking forward to meeting you again!", and they also hype up the expectation toward the next broadcast.
The film "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" from the anime "ARIA" series will be releasing a Blu-ray on August 18, 2021. The commentary videos of Hirohashi Ryou (voice of Alice), Satou Rina (voice of Athena), and Kayano Ai (voice of Anya) have been released.
The anime "ARIA" series based on the futuristic soothing work by Amano Kozue. The TV anime season 1 "Aria The ANIMATION" was broadcast in 2005, TV anime season 2 "ARIA The NATURAL" was broadcast in 2006, the OVA "ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~" was broadcast in 2007, the TV anime season 3 "ARIA The ORIGINATION" was broadcast in 2008, while the original new animation "ARIA The AVVENIRE" was broadcast in 2015. The atmosphere from the original manga remains the same in the anime, and it has charmed various fans in the world and is a work that is loved by many even now.
The brand-new film "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" focused on the members of the "Orange Planet".
During fall, Anya, who is undergoing her training at Orange Planet, noticed that her two seniors, Alice and Athena haven't seen each other for a while as both of them are busy.
Because of that, Athena is feeling a bit depressed, but somehow it seems that Alice is avoiding her. When she is coming up with a plan with the cooperation from her friend Ai and Azusa, to ensure both of them bump into each other, Anya realized that there is a "scenery" that she could only see now...
The Blu-ray version will have a cover illustration drawn by the original author Amano Kozue and an inner illustration drawn by the character designer and general art director, Itou Youko.
Not only will it includes the precious bonus footage, which is the completion stage greeting, release commemoration stage greeting, the recreation of the recording session, and other videos, but it also have an approximately 40 minutes drama CD that is a must-hear for fans.
The Blu-ray of "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" is priced at 9,900 JPY (tax included) and it will be released on August 18, 2021.
(C) 2020 Amano Kozue/ Mag Garden, ARIA Company
The main trailer and key art of the Netflix original anime series "Eden" have been released. Information about additional cast members, including Shingaki Tarusuke, Kuwahara Yuuki, and Kaida Yuuko, along with comments from celebrities speaking high of the show have also been revealed.
“Komi can’t communicate," will be adapted into an anime in October 2021. Koga Aoi will play the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will play the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will play the role of Osana Najimi.
The original story of "Komi can’t communicate" is a "communicative disease" comedy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" by Oda Tomohito, which has sold over 5 million copies in total.
The story is about a first year high school student, Komi Shouko, who is a beautiful girl who everyone looks up to, but her face freezes up when she tries to talk to other people because of her extreme communicable disease, and she struggles to achieve her goal of “making 100 friends”.
Along with the decision to make an anime adaptation, a teaser visual, a teaser PV, and information on the main cast and staff have been released.
Koga Aoi will be playing the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will be playing the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, Ayumi Watanabe of "Koi wa Ameagari no Yoni" will be the general director, Issei Kawagoe of "Bungo to Alchemist: Gears of Judgement" will be the director, and the series composition will be Akao Deko of "I shaved. And then I brought a high school girl home."; character design by Nakajima Atsuko of "Tokyo Ghoul: re"; and animation production by O.L.M.
"Komi can’t communicate” will start airing on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2021.
In addition, a campaign is currently underway on the official Twitter page, where three winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a reproduction of the congratulatory illustration by the original author, Oda Tomohito.
Komi Shouko (CV. Koga Aoi)
Komi can’t communicate.
She looks like a beautiful girl that everyone turns to, but she finds it extremely difficult to communicate and when she tries to talk to others, her face freezes up with nervousness and she thinks about how to talk to them and what to do afterwards. But the truth is, she wants to talk to people. Her dream is to “make 100 friends”.
Q1: What was your impression of this work?
First of all, when I picked up the book, I saw the title and the cover picture and thought, "Oh, there's something about this girl." The cover alone had an impact that piqued my interest.
The title, ""Komi can’t communicate," I thought it was interesting that there was a catchphrase which made it easy to understand what kind of girl the character was. I could relate to the realism of the situations that many of us experienced during our school days, and I found myself reading on and on.
There are a lot of characters with strong "personalities" in this work, the parts that I tend to think negatively about, or that I don't want people to see or know about, are portrayed as positive.
I thought it was a work that made me think, "Maybe I can accept this kind of me..." and gave me the courage to push those who are troubled.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you play and how enthusiastic are you about the role?
From the side, she is a cool, beautiful woman who everyone admires. However, in reality, she is not very good at communicating, and when people talk to her, she scares them even though she never meant to. She was confused, and even though she really wanted to get along with them, she couldn't get the words out. The more I got to know her, the more I felt that way, and the more I fell in love with her. (laughs)
I will do my best to portray her moving forward slowly but firmly, step by step, and to convey her thoughts and warmth in a few words.
Tadano Hitohito (CV. Kajiwara Gakuto)
Tadano-kun is just a person.
His goal is to read the atmosphere around him so that his "normal" self doesn't stand out in the class, and to live his high school life without any disturbance. However, he seems to be very good at understanding people's feelings, and sees that Komi can’t communicate, so he becomes her "first friend.
Q1: What is your impression of this film?
Komi is really adorable... as I read the original story I'm always struck by how she gradually expresses her emotions even though she's clumsy! In addition to Komi, all the other characters have distinct personalities, which reminds me of my own high school days, and I can't help but fantasize about how happy my student life would be if I had such friends around me... (laughs) I especially like seeing them at seasonal school events, festivals, and other events, and I can't help but cry as I read them, thinking about my school days that I can't go back to...! And personally, the covers are always too beautiful! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much, Oda-sensei!
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I think that Hitohito is a boy who has the goodness of being normal! He was a little naughty in junior high school, but once he sees it objectively, he becomes normal. It reminds me of my own school days. (laughs) I actually once tried to be a little naughty, but then I realized how naughty I was and went back to normal, so I felt sympathy for him while reading! But I'm very communicative myself, so I admire people who treat me like a normal person like Hitohito-kun.
Every time I read it, I fall in love with it, so I'll do my best to play it charmingly!
Osana Najimi (CV. Murakawa Rie)
Osana Najimi is familiar.
She is Tadano-kun's childhood friend. Or rather, she is a childhood friend to everyone. Her communication skills are so high that she can get along with anyone in a matter of minutes, but she seems to have a hard time with Komi because of their "past relationship". She usually wears a skirt and dresses as a "female student," but she used to wear a school run and dress as a "male student" until middle school. Her gender is no longer known.
Q1: What is your impression of this work?
As I was cackling and laughing at the funny gags, I felt that one of the appealing aspects of the film was that it depicted human relationships in such a way that tears of laughter turned into tears of emotion, and that these human relationships were carefully drawn. I think we all want to watch Komi achieve her dreams, but I also think there is a real pleasure in watching her grow up.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, a strong character with special abilities who has a mysterious side but also possesses tremendous communication skills. Although she is such a strong character, she fits in so well with everyone that she is everyone's childhood friend, so I hope I can bring out the best of her. I haven't recorded yet, so I don't know how it will turn out, but I'm very happy to be involved in "Komi can’t communicate.” I'll do my best so that everyone can enjoy it!
(C) Oda Tomohito, Shogakukan/Itan Private High School
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