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Crunchyroll to Stream "Say 'I love you'" Shōjo Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series based on Kanae Hazuki's manga to premiere on October 27

The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Suki-tte Ii na yo. (Say, "I Love You".) shōjo television anime series. The website will begin streaming the series on October 27 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for premium members. The series will be available for members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Latin America.

The series, based on Kanae Hazuki's manga, tells the story of Mei Tachibana, a girl who has never made friends or had a boyfriend in 16 years. One day, she accidentally injures Yamato Kurosawa, the school's most popular boy. For some reason, Yamato becomes interested in Mei and starts a one-sided friendship with her. He even protects her from a stalker — by kissing her.

Takuya Satō (Steins;Gate, Strawberry Marshmallow) is directing the series and is also handling the series composition. Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (episode director for Kimi ni Todoke, Minami-ke) is serving as series director, and Yoshiko Okuda (animation director for Casshern Sins) is handling the character designs. Junko Watanabe (NANA, Blood-C) is serving as chief animation director and Yuuji Nomi (Whisper of the Heart, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise) is handling the music. ZEXCS is animating the series.

Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced in May that an anime adaptation of the manga had been green-lit. The main cast, including Ai Kayano (Guilty Crown's Inori, Hyou-ka's Mayaka) as Mei Tachibana and Takahiro Sakurai (.hack//Roots's Haseo, Black Butler II's Claude), was announced in June. The anime premiered on October 6 in Japan.

Update: Background information added.

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