Hong Kong-based content distributor MediaLink Enterainment Limited has announced on Thursday that the romantic comedy anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches has been added to their Ani-One streaming platform.
The first episode made its premiere on their YouTube channel on the same day, which is initially available in English and Chinese subtitles. New episodes will be uploaded weekly, every Thursdays.
Class troublemaker Ryu Yamada is already having a bad day when he stumbles down a staircase along with star student Urara Shiraishi. When he wakes up, he realizes they have switched bodies—and that Ryu has the power to trade places with anyone just by kissing them!
After figuring out the workings behind this new and amazing ability, Ryu and Urara take full advantage of the situation to improve their lives. But with such an oddly amazing power, just how long will Ryu and Urara be able to keep their secret under wraps? (Synopsis from Kodansha Comics)
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is an anime adaptation of a romantic comedy manga series by Miki Yoshikawa, which was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Comic Magazine from February 2012 to February 2017 and a total of 28 volumes.
The anime adaptation is directed by Seiki Takuno, who previously worked in anime titles like The Girl Who Leapt Through Space and Naruto Shippuden, while Bleach scriptwriter Michiko Yokote handled the series composition.
Eriko Iida, who worked in several episodes of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere as chief animation director, adapted Yoshikawa’s original character designs, which was produced by anime studio LIDEN FILMS.
The Japanese voice cast are lead by Ryota Ohsaka (“Eijun Sawamura”, Ace of Diamond) as “Ryu Yamada” and Saori Hayami (“Miho Azuki”, Bakuman.) as “Urara Shiraishi”.
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches was previously aired on Philippine television through the defunct Tagalog-dubbed anime channel HEROtv, airing in June 2016.
Medialink Entertainment is a distributor of Japanese anime content and other intellectual properties in Asia since 2000, based in Hong Kong. They have provided content for free-to-air and pay-TV providers, as well as streaming platforms.
In 2016, the company launched their own streaming platform Ani-One, which featured simulcast anime titles and content from their programming library, mostly in Chinese subtitles.
At the start of this year, the company has expanded the reach of their Ani-One platform by launching a YouTube channel, which streams titles from their anime library, as well as select seasonal titles which they stream an half-hour after its initial Japanese telecast.