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Hai-Furi Anime's Writer, Manga Adaptation, 2nd Character Unveiled

posted on by Karen Ressler
Reiko Yoshida writes series with 30+ character designs by Non Non Biyori's Atto

The November issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine announced on Saturday that Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) will handle series composition for the upcoming original anime Hai-Furi. The magazine published an interview with the original creator, producers, and director, but they are currently anonymous.

The magazine also announced that Non Non Biyori manga creator Atto, who is designing the characters for the series, will provide more than 30 character designs. The magazine revealed the second character:

Name: Moeka China
Akeno's childhood friend
Nickname: Moka-chan
Height: 158 cm (5.2 feet)
Birthday: July 25
Astrological Sign: Leo
Blood Type: AB
Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture
Worst school subject: None
Personality: She's an excellent leader and she's always encouraging Akeno.

Comic Alive revealed the first main character in August.

Name: Akeno Misaki
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

Finally, the magazine announced that the upcoming anime will get a manga first. The manga, tentatively titled Hai-Furi, will begin in the magazine's next issue on October 27. Kanari Abe is drawing the series.

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.

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