Gonzo Animates Sore ga Seiyū! Manga by Hayate the Combat Butler's Hata
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The studio Gonzo is animating the previously announced television anime of the comedy dōjin manga Sore ga Seiyū! (That Is A Voice Actor!) by voice actress Masumi Asano and manga artist Kenjirō Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler). The anime's teaser website opened and announced the summer television premiere. Evil Line Records is producing the music.
The meta tags in the website's source briefly listed the voice actresses Marika Kōno (Rin Kohana), Rie Takahashi (Futaba Ichinose), and Yuki Nagaku (Ichigo Moesaki) as keywords, but no longer does. Kōno retweeted the mention of her name in the source and noted that it will be her first series regular role, but then she removed her Twitter post.
The four-panel manga centers on Futaba Ichinose, Ichigo Moesaki, and Rin Kohana, three rookie voice actresses. The manga features small but humorous observations of the voice actor industry. Hajimemashite launched the manga at the winter Comiket event in 2011, and the duo have released new issues at Comiket events since then.
Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler manga already inspired the first Hayate the Combat Butler television anime (2007-2008) and its Hayate the Combat Butler!! follow-up (2009). The Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You) television anime aired in 2012, and the Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties television anime aired last year. The manga also inspired an anime film and two OVAs. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America.
Asano herself voiced the character of Risa Asakaze in the various anime adaptations of the Hayate the Combat Butler manga. Asano has worked on other various manga such as Partner, Hiyoko no Arukikata, and Uru wa Sorairo Majo. Her voice acting credits include Ikki Tousen's Hakufu Sonsaku, Blood-C's Yūka Amino, and The Pet Girl of Sakurasou's Ayano Iida, among many others.