Crunchyroll to Stream Strange+ Gag Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of Verno Mikawa's Strange+ slapstick gag manga. The company will stream the series on Thursdays starting on January 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST for premium members worldwide outside of Japan. Free users worldwide outside of Japan will be able to watch new episodes one week later.
The series revolves around a teenaged boy named Kō, who came to the slums to search for Takumi, his missing big brother who ran away six years ago. The brothers reunite, and it turns out that Takumi now heads the Mikuni Detective Agency. Kō wants to bring Takumi back, but he doesn't want go back home himself. So, he starts working at the agency, doing odds and ends.
The manga's drama CD cast members will be reprising their respective roles for the anime:
Tomokazu Seki as Kō
Jun Fukuyama as Takumi
Ryotaro Okiayu as Masamune, a suave, macho, a very buff staff member at the agency
Satsuki Yukino as Miwa, the agency's secretary whose weapon of choice is knives
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ozu, an unlicensed doctor
Taeko Kawata as Dorothy, the assistant at Ozu's office
Katsuyuki Konishi as Mera, one of the guards for Mikuni's president
Wataru Hatano as Kaori, another guards for Mikuni's president
Mitsuki Saiga as Kyōya, a cosplay otaku
Ayano Terasaki as Kiyoko, a high school girl is naive yet overbearing
Shoko Nagahiro as Rusty Nail, a female thief whose true identiy is unknown
Takashi Nishikawa (episode animation director on Naruto Shippūden) is overseeing, writing, and directing the anime at the studio Seven (Ai Mai Mi, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Recorder and Randsell). Hiroyuki Furukawa (episode animation director on Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, Recorder and Randsell Re) is designing the characters.
The staff also includes:
Fukuyama performs the theme song "Beauty Boy" as his character Takumi.
The series of five-minute shorts will premiere in Japan on January 9.
Mikawa launched the manga in the inaugural issue of Zero-Sum in 2002, and has been drawing it ever since. Ichijinsha published the 13th compiled book volume of the manga in June. Spinoff chapters ran in the 36th issue of Zero-Sum Ward magazine on November 16 and on the Zero-Sum Online website on November 10 and December 10.
Image © Verno Mikawa / Ichijinsha, Mikuni Detective Agency 2014
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