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Crunchyroll to Stream Lychee Light Club Comedy Anime

posted on 2012-10-12 12:53 EDT
TV shorts based on Usamaru Furuya's darker manga published by Vertical

The streaming service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Litchi DE Hikari Club television anime adaptation of Usamaru Furuya's Lychee Light Club manga. The site will reveal the launch date and broadcast time later. The anime will be available in North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

The original manga revolves around nine students at an all-boys school who create a god-like Lychee machine — that runs on lychee fruits — to seek out the beautiful women of the world. However, the machine eventually becomes self-aware "and is soon equally capable of measuring beauty and executing justice." The anime shorts take a more comedic interpretation of the characters.

The television comedy shorts premiered on Japan's Tokyo MX TV station on October 1. Motoichi Adachi (Sockie's Frontier Quest original creator) is handling the screenplay, and Nelke Planning and Kachidoki Studio (Panda no Tapu Tapu, Nukko.) are handling the series' production.

The anime shares the same cast as this December's stage play version of the story:

Furuya's one-volume Lychee Light Club manga ran in Ohta Publishing's Manga Erotics F magazine from 2005 to 2006. North American manga publisher Vertical released the manga in April 2011. Furuya also drew the Bokura no Hikari Club (Our Hikari Club) prequel manga, which ended earlier this year. The manga was published online for free in Ohta Publishing's Pocopoco web manga magazine.

Update: More information added.


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