Sentai Filmworks Adds [email protected] TV Anime (Updated)

posted on 2013-01-08 16:05 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Romantic comedy from SHAFT, Akiyuki Shinbo to be released digitally with home video release later this year

The North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the [email protected] television anime series. The company will release the series digitally soon through "select digital outlets" with a home video release later this year.

The 12-episode series adapts Akira's original light novel series that follows a hikikomori (shut-in) named Sasami Tsukuyomi (voiced by Kana Asumi) who is unmotivated about even changing clothes or eating. Her brother Kamiomi (Houchu Ohtsuka) takes care of her, even though she despises his slave-like nature. Sasami spends her days viewing the outside world via a "Brother Surveillance Tool" on her computer. In the outside world, the three beautiful Yagami sisters (played by Chiwa Saito, Kana Hanazawa, and Ai Nonaka) and Sasami's brother are in the middle of relationships worthy of a romantic comedy.

Akiyuki Shinbo is teaming up again with his Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari studio SHAFT to make the television anime. Katsuhiko Takayama (And Yet the Town Moves, Love, Election & Chocolate) is in charge of the scripts, and Hiroki Harada (Romeo × Juliet, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) is designing the characters.

The series will premiere on the TBS and BS-TBS channels in Japan on January 10.

Update: Background information added.

Update 2: The Anime Network announced on Tuesday that it will stream the series on Fridays starting on January 18 at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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