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Hai-Furi TV Anime's Character, Story Details Revealed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Set in girls' school for "blue mermaid" ocean experts with designs by Non Non Biyori's Atto

The October issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine is revealing a character and information on the setting for the previously announced Hai-Furi television anime project on Thursday.

The magazine reveals the character Akeno Misaki, who is described as cheerful, very active, and a positive thinker. One of her phrases is, "Any friend of the sea is family to me!" Her profile includes:

Nickname: Mike-chan
Height: 152 cm (5 feet)
Birthday: July 20
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture
Hobby: Canoeing
Favorite foods: Curry, pudding
Least favorite food: Fresh oysters
Best school subject: Japanese language
Worst school subject: Math

The magazine describes the show's setting:

With Japan having developed as a maritime nation, it became necessary to have specialized schools to teach skills essential to protecting the sea. The setting is one such all-girls school. The girls who enroll here study to become "blue mermaids," through classroom instruction and teaching of practical skills.

"Blue mermaids" are women who pursue the ocean for their professional occupation. They live by the motto "In the sea we live, the sea we protect, and by the sea we go." They must excel in their studies, but must also adopt an international mindset. They are the "Elite of the Sea," and are expected to be knowledgeable of the customs and cultures of other countries as well as their own.

The next issue of Comic Alive will reveal more details on the project, including an interview with the anime's staff, and more of the anime's characters. Manga creator Atto (Non Non Biyori) is designing the characters.

The magazine is also revealing that the anime will have a manga adaptation that will start ahead of the anime. It will be serialized in Comic Alive. Future issues of Comic Alive will reveal more details about the manga.

Image © AIS / Marine Safety Maintenance Department

Update: "Blue mermaids" retranslated. Thanks, AkaiDown and Sam Pinansky

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