First Love Monster TV Anime's Teaser Video Streamed

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Anime about 15-year-old girl with a crush on physically-mature 5th grader premieres this summer

King Records began streaming a teaser video for First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster), the television anime adaptation of Akira Hiyoshimaru's manga of the same name. The video does not feature animated footage but it does preview some of the series' voice cast.

The show stars:

  • Yui Horie as Kaho Nikaidō, the heroine in high school who falls for Kanade
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Kanade Takahashi, the fifth grader who looks like someone older and handsome
  • Showtaro Morikubo as Tomu Kaneko, the brawling delinquent grade schooler and Kanade's friend
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Ginjirō Sannomiya, a grade school boy and Kanade's weird friend who communicates with space
  • Ayumu Murase as Kazuo Noguchi, Kanade's regular-sized friend
  • Kenichi Suzumura as Jōji Takahashi, Kanade's cousin
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kōta Shinohara, the high school first-year-student who loved Kaho
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Atsushi Taga, the college student and Kaho's born enemy
  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Arashi Nagasawa, Kaho's weird neighbor
  • Hikaru Midorikawa as Daikoku Nikaidō, Kaho's big brother
  • Takuya Eguchi as Munemitsu Makurazaki, Kazuo Noguchi's butler
  • Shouta Aoi as RenRen, a cross-dressing idol

Aoi is also singing the opening theme song.

Yen Press is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the series:

When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kaho's mystery savior, Kanade, is the son of Kaho's new landlord! The handsome object of Kaho's affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short-lived when it turns out that her new a fifth-grader?!

Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario + Vampire, Sky Wizards Academy) is directing the anime at Studio DEEN, and Mariko Oka (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Hell Girl) is designing the characters. The anime series will premiere this summer.

Hiyoshimaru launched the manga in ARIA in March 2013, and Kodansha will ship the sixth compiled book volume in Japan on May 13. Yen Press published the manga's third volume in North America in January.

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