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Comic Artist & His Assistants Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Saori Hayami, Rie Kugimiya, Arisa Noto star in anime premiering April 8

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki's Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to (The Comic Artist and His Assistants) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Friday.

The video introduces the characters and their voice cast:

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online's Kirito, The IDOLM@STER's Shōta) as Yūki Aito, "the manga creator of love and bravery"
Saori Hayami (Sword Art Online's Sachi, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Yukino) as Sahoto Ashisu, the assistant who is with Aito for some reason
Arisa Noto (Kyō no Asuka Show's Asuka, The Severing Crime Edge's Nigi) as Mihari Otosuna, Aito's editor
Rie Kugimiya (Robotics;Notes' AiRI, The IDOLM@STER's Iori) as Sena Kuroi, Aito's enthusiastic fan

The idol group StylipS performs the anime's opening theme "Junsui na Fujunbutsu," (A Purely Impure Person) that is heard in the video, and also the ending theme titled "Spica."

The original manga tells the story of professional manga artist Yūki Aito and his professional/personal relationship with his assistant Sahoto Ashisu and other staffers.

The anime will premiere on Japanese television on April 8, and each episode will last approximately 13 minutes.

Takeshi Furuta (Giant Killing, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE episode director) will direct the series, Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Mushi-Shi) will write the scripts, and Hitomi Tsuruta (The Knight in the Area) will design the characters. Animation studio ZEXCS (D.C. ~Da Capo~, Flowers of Evil, Say, "I Love You".) will produce the series.

The four-panel slice-of-life comic began in 2008 and ended in 2012. Hiroyuki began the series again under the title Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to 2 in August. The 10th and final compiled volume of the original series shipped in 2012.

Another manga by Hiroyuki, Doujin Work, also inspired a television anime.

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