Sentai Filmworks Adds Soubi Yamamoto's This Boy Caught a Merman Anime

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2nd anime in independent animator's This Boy/Kono Danshi series

North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it has acquired the second installment in independent animator Soubi Yamamoto's Kono Danshi (This Boy) anime project, titled This Boy Caught a Merman (Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita.).

The story follows a high school boy named Shima Kawauchi who is wrapped in his own grief. On the day he loses his grandfather, he goes to the beach to cry by himself and almost drowns when he slips. He is rescued by a beautiful young man named Isaki — who happens to be a merman.

Yuuki Kaji and Hikaru Midorikawa star in the anime as Shima and Isaki, respectively, and Midorikawa also sings the theme song "Umi yori Aoku" (Bluer Than the Sea). The 29-minute anime shipped on DVD with English subtitles in Japan on November 19.

As a 21-year-old, Yamamoto made her scriptwriting and directorial debut in 2011 with the first 28-minute Kono Danshi anime, Kono Danshi, Uchū-jin to Tatakaemasu. (This Boy Can Fight Aliens!). Her first anime had its international premiere at New York Comic Con in 2011, and Sentai Filmworks released the anime in North America.

Sentai Filmworks also revealed part of its September release slate at the panel. The company will release Golgo 13 Complete, Nyan Koi!, and Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God Season 2 Collection 1 in September. These releases will be on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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