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Crunchyroll Streams Makuranodanshi Anime About Pillow Boys

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st episode streams on Wednesday night, further episodes on 1:35 p.m. ET on Mondays

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Makuranodanshi (Makura no Danshi or Pillow Boys) television anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode will begin streaming on Wednesday night, and new episodes will stream every Monday at 1:35 p.m. ET every week thereafter.

The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Nordics, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Crunchyroll describes the series:

If you are lonely sleeping alone at night, then this show is for you! A first-person anime, each episode features a different boyfriend who sleeps beside the viewer each week. With 12 different personalities and ranging from a stall vendor to a librarian boy, there is surely a boyfriend for every viewer!

The anime promises a "new and novel 'sleeping side-by-side' experience entirely in the first-person perspective" to "heal tired hearts." It features 12 "Makura no Danshi" (pillow boys), all full of distinctly individual personalities and each catering to viewers who like a certain "type." The boys all live in the same town underneath a starry sky. Each of the "Makura no Danshi" will star his own weekly episode as they "sleep beside you and whisper."

Comic Earth Star began streaming the anime's first episode on Wednesday.

The anime stars:

Yuichiro Umehara as Ryūshi Theodore Emori, the astronomy boy

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Nao Sasayama, the ria-jū [living the real life] boy

Sora Takahata as Eiji Kijinami, the dialect boy

Daisuke Kishio as Yonaga Chigiri, the flower arrangement boy

Shinnosuke Tachibana as Yayoi Chigiri, the flower arrangement boy

Kousuke Toriumi as Shirusu Mochizuki, the librarian boy

Daisuke Namikawa as Sōsuke Tanaka, the sempai boy

Natsuki Hanae as Merry, the pillow boy

Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kanade Hanamine, the music boy

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yū Maiki,chūni [adolescent delusion] boy

Ayumu Murase as Hareto Enokawa, the cherub boy

Yūichirō Iida, the stall vender boy (voice actor to be announced)

Yuniko Ayana (Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic, Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita) and Ayumi Sekine (scripts on Inari Kon Kon, WATAMOTE) are writing the scenario, and Mika Yamamoto (Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising-, Sengoku Basara 4's alternate costume designs) designed the characters. Assez Finaud Fabric and feel. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita, Minami-ke Tadaima) are producing the anime for Earth Star Entertainment.

The character Merry, as voiced by Hanae, sings the opening theme song "Makura no Danshi." Masayoshi Ōishi (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun's "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai") wrote the music and lyrics of the "cheerful pop melody," and arranged the song.

The anime premiered in Japan on Monday on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and other stations. The DVD release of the anime will include an original anime episode that will not air on television. The November 27 DVD will also include all 12 television episodes of the anime, the creditless opening, and an audio commentary by the cast and staff.

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