AnimeLab now streaming Girl Friend Beta
posted on by Jon Hayward
Girl Friend BETA is the eighth title in the AnimeLab streaming lineup, you can view the rest of the lineup here.
Girl Friend BETA is a very unusual title, being an adaptation of CyberAgent's 2012 social romance simulation smartphone game which to date now has over 100 different girls to spend time with. This anime adaptation follows high school girl Shiina Kokomi and her circle of friends as they support each other through the situations that occur in daily high school life.
Naotaka Hayashi (Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic assistant director) is directing Girl Friend BETA at Studio Silver LINK (No-Rin, C³, Baka and Test). Michiko Yokote (Love Stage!!, No-Rin, Genshiken) is handling series composition and Noriko Tsutsumiya (Dragonar Academy, C³, Kokoro Connect animation director) is designing the characters based on original character designs by QP:flapper (MM!, Oreimo 2, Sora no Method).
CyberAgent's blogging website Ameba started service for the game for smartphones in 2012. As of June 2014, the number of registered users has passed 5.3 million. The game features over one hundred girls for the player to date, each voiced by a different voice actress. Some of the game's cast includes Yui Ogura as Momoko Asahina, Nana Inoue as Kazumi Kawabuchi, Megumi Toyoguchi as Akiho Shigetō, and Yukari Tamura as Koruri Tokitani.
The game has also spawned a multiple manga adaptations with Tsukako Akina launching the Girl Friend (Kari) Kokomi Shiina ~Koi Shite Madonna~ manga in the September issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine on July 26. This was followed by the first issue of the special Girl Friend (Kari) Magazine on August 22. The Kadokawa published magazine includes four manga series that focus on specific characters from the anime.
Girl Friend BETA's cast is quite massive, with the official twitter account announcing a character a day for over 20 days, the cast list includes:
- Row 1
- Kaori Nazuka as Fumio Murakami
- Sakura Tange as Chloe Lemaire
- Satomi Satou as Kokomi Shiina
- Hitomi Harada as Erena Mochizuki
Rina Satou as Akane Sakurai
- Row 2
- Haruka Tomatsu as Nonoka Sasahara
- Kaori Ishihara as Yuzuko Hazuki
- Kikuko Inoue as Kanata Amatsu
- Aoi Yūki as Isuzu Shiranui
Yukari Tamura as Koruri Tokitani
- Row 3
- Minori Chihara as Mahiro Natsume
- Minako Kotobuki as Saya Kagurazaka
- Minami Tsuda as Mutsumi Shigino
- Maaya Uchida as Nao Miyoshi
Rie Kugimiya as Matsuri Kagami
- Row 4
- Emiri Katō as Rino Suzukawa
- Houko Kuwashima as Shinobu Kokonoe
- Noriko Shitaya as Remi Tamai
- Ayahi Takagaki as Tsugumi Harumiya
Ai Kayano as Haruko Yumesaki