Pan-regional anime channel ANIMAX Asia is set to add two popular romantic comedy anime titles on their line-up this September, which are Maoyu and I Don’t Have Many Friends.
For fifteen years, humans and demons have been at war. When the humans’ greatest warrior, Hero, fights his way through and finally reaches the castle of the Demon King, he finds out that the King is actually a Queen. Unexpectedly, the Demon Queen proposes an alliance with him to end the war, not in victory and defeat, but in prosperity and peace.
Maoyu, also known by the title “Maoyu Maou Yuusha”, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel series by Mamare Touno, who is also the author of the highly-popular Log Horizon.
The novel was initially posted on the Japanese message board 2channel, eventually serialized by publisher Enterbrain that ran from December 2010 to December 2012. It had released eight (8) volumes.
The anime adaptation was directed by Takeo Takahashi and scripts were handled by Naruhisa Narakawa, who both worked on the popular Spice and Wolf anime series. It was produced by the anime studio ARMS.
The Japanese voice cast are lead by Ami Koshimizu (Kallen Stadtfeld, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) as Maou and Jun Fukuyama (Shinra Kishitani, Durarara!!) as Yuusha.
Maoyu premieres on Tuesday, September 8, airing two episodes back-to-back every Monday and Tuesday nights at 10:00pm PHT/SGT (09:00pm JKT/BKK).
I Don’t Have Many Friends
Kodaka is a transfer student who has trouble making friends because of his naturally blond hair and fierce-looking eyes, which gives others the impression that he’s a delinquent. One day, he comes across the equally solitary Yozora talking to her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have a social life, they decide to form the Neighbours Club for people like themselves to learn how to build friendships.
I Don’t Have Many Friends, better known by its Japanese titles “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” and “Haganai”, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel series, written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Buriki.
The novel has been serialized by Media Factory’s imprint MF Bunko J from August 2009 until August of this year, and has a total of 11 volumes.
The anime adaptation was directed by Hisashi Saito, who also directed the popular comedy anime Heaven’s Lost Property, while the screenplay was handled by Tatsuhiko Urahata, who is the scriptwriter for the classic comedy anime DNA². Yoshihiro Watanabe worked on the character designs for the series, which was produced by AIC Build.
The Japanese voice cast were lead by Ryohei Kimura (Shintarou Nishihiro, Big Wind-Up!) as Kodaka Hasegawa, Marina Inoue (Shigeru Kanmuri, Yakitate!! Japan) as Yozora Mikazuki and Kanae Itou (Ruiko Saten, A Certain Scientific Railgun) as Sena Kashiwazaki.
I Don’t Have Many Friends premieres on Tuesday, September 29, airing two episodes back-to-back every Monday and Tuesday nights at 10:00pm PHT/SGT (09:00pm JKT/BKK).
Anime Pilipinas has also learned that the second season of the anime series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, is also set to air on the channel.
Aside from Maoyu and I Don’t Have Many Friends, the anime channel will also air movie adaptations of the popular Hunter × Hunter series, featuring the premiere of Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission.
HUNTER × HUNTER: Phantom Rouge
劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影-ファントム・ルージュ-
In this feature film, Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio reunite to face a dangerous individual who once was a member of their greatest enemies, the criminal organization “Phantom Troupe”. It centers on Gon and his friends’ efforts to retrieve Kurapika’s eyes which were stolen by Omokage, the original person with the No. 4 spider tattoo.
Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge airs on Saturday, September 5, at 08:30pm PHT/SGT (07:30pm JKT/BKK).
HUNTER × HUNTER: The Last Mission
劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER ザラストミッション
Taking a break from their expeditions with Kite, Gon and Killua visit the Heaven’s Arena to cheer on Zushi in the Battle Olympia Tournament. However, before the tournament can begin, the Arena is taken over by a group of mysterious men led by Jed, a Hunter who possesses the dark power of ‘On’ and was sealed away by Netero many years ago. Will the Hunters be able to overcome this threat? What is the dark history behind the Hunter Association?
Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission premieres on Saturday, September 12, at 08:30pm PHT/SGT (07:30pm JKT/BKK).
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