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Dōkyūsei/Classmates Boys-Love Anime Film Slated for Early 2016

posted on by Egan Loo

The anime film of Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love manga will open at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other Japanese theaters in early 2016. (Hatsuharu, the word used to describe the opening date, is a term that traditionally means the New Year season in January, as opposed to the literal early spring.)

The story begins during music class before the chorus festival, when male student Hikaru Kusakabe notices that the bespectacled honor student Rihito Sajo is not singing. Although he thinks that Rihito just doesn't like singing, he finds him practicing alone in the classroom after school. Without even thinking, Hikaru calls out to him.

Kenji Nojima (Sailor Moon Crystal, Psycho-Pass) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Shirokuma Cafe, Durarara!!) will star in the anime as Rihito Sajō and Hikaru Kusakabe, respectively.

Shouko Nakamura (Penguindrum, Kill la Kill episode director) will direct the adaptation at A-1 Pictures with character designs by Akemi Hayashi. Chieko Nakamura will serve as the art director, Ritsuko Utagawa will handle color design, and guitarist Kōtarō Oshio will provide the soundtrack.

Nakamura published the original manga in Japan in 2006 in one compiled volume. The series was followed by the spin-off Sora to Hara and sequels Sotsugyōsei (Graduates) and O.B.. Digital Manga Guild has licensed Dōkyūsei and Sotsugyōsei in English.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Digital Manga Guild licensed Sotsugyōsei but has yet to release it. Thanks, katscradle


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