Hybrid Child Boys-Love Anime's 2nd Promo Video Features Theme Song

posted on 2014-08-14 14:10 EDT by Karen Ressler
First OVA slated to ship in October

The official website for the anime of Shungiku Nakamura's Hybrid Child boys-love manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday. The video features Annabel's theme song, "temperatura."

Kotarō: I said I'm no good without Hazuki.
Hazuki: That person said without me they're no good. It took five years to move. A year and a half to talk. When summer comes, I remember.
Kotarō: What does that mean? Not a machine, not a doll. It grows to reflect the degree the owner's love.
Text: A human form that grows to reflect its owner's love.
Text: A sad, beloved fairy tale about "hybrid child" begins from here.
Hazuki: After I am gone from this world. How long will it take you to forget me?

The manga will be adapted into a four-episode original video anime. The first volume will contain the first episode and will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 29. The second volume will be released on November 26, the third on December 24, and the fourth on January 28, 2015.

The limited first pressing of each volume will include: a three-sided box with art and a special manga booklet by Nakamura, a "character fragrance card," and a metal-plate bookmark. The first, second, third, and fourth volumes will also bundle a shantung-style wrapping cloth, purse, hand towel, and animation art book, respectively.

Michio Fukuda (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital, Hyakko) will direct the series at Studio DEEN. Takahiro Kishida (Madoka Magica, Haikyu!!) will design the characters and Aki Itami (Mushishi, The Comic Artist and His Assistants) will write the scripts.

The cast includes:

  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kotarō Izumi
  • Daisuke Hirakawa as Hazuki
  • Ryohei Kimura as Ichi Seya
  • Tsubasa Yonaga as Yuzu
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Tsukishima
  • Yuuki Ono as Kuroda

Digital Manga Publishing describes the short stories in the Hybrid Child manga:

The Hybrid Child is an amazing android that can grow if it is lavished with enough love and care from its owner. Neither fully machine nor fully human, the various Hybrid Child models develop strong emotional bonds with their owners.

This volume contains several short stories of love, sacrifice, and drama: Young Kotaro learns the importance of responsibility when his Hybrid Child's lifespan runs out. The tragic swordsman Seya learns to love again with the help of his Hybrid Child, Yuzu. The final tale tells the story of Kuroda, the creator of the Hybrid Child designs, and how his lost love inspired their creation.

Seiji Biblos originally serialized the manga in Be x Boy Gold magazine from 2003 to 2004, and Kadokawa Shoten later published the one-volume manga in 2008. Digital Manga Publishing released the manga in North America. The manga already inspired a drama CD adaptation with a different cast from the upcoming anime.

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