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Poco's Udon World Anime Unveils 1st Promo, Main Cast, October Premiere

posted on by Karen Ressler
Yūichi Nakamura, Shiho Kokido star in adaptation of Nodoka Shinomaru's "heartwarming fantasy" manga

The official website for the anime of Nodoka Shinomaru's Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco's Udon World or lit. The Udon Country's Golden Furball) manga unveiled the main cast, visuals, and first promotional video for the series on Tuesday. Additionally, the website revealed that the anime will premiere in October on NTV and RNC.

The cast includes:

Yūichi Nakamura (Clannad's Tomoya Okazaki, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign's Guren Ichinose) as Sōta Tawara
Shiho Kokido (Sekkō Boys' Miki Ishimoto, Go! Princess Precure's Aroma) as Poko

The "heartwarming fantasy" manga takes place in the "udon prefecture" of Kagawa. The series follows Sōta Tawara, a 30-year-old man who was the son of an udon shop owner who has passed away. Sōta goes back to his hometown, but finds a strange lost child inside his father's old shop. As Sōta is taking care of him, the child, named Poko, suddenly grows ears and a tail. The manga follows the human Sōta and the tanuki Poko as they start to live together, meet and connect with others, and grow. The manga's first chapter is available for free online.

Seiki Takuno (Sekkō Boys, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Moyashimon, 07-Ghost) is in charge of series composition, and Eriko Itō (Sekkō Boys, Danchigai, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) is serving as both the chief animation director and the character designer. Additionally, Hiroshi Gouroku (Dennō Coil, Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork) is the art director, Emiko Onodera (Beelzebub, Fairy Tail) is handling the color key, Haruka Gotō (Classroom Crisis) is the director of photography, Yukie Inose (Hozuki's Coolheadedness, Blue Spring Ride) is handling the art setting, and Masato Yoshitake (Concrete Revolutio, Expelled from Paradise) is the editor. Yukari Hashimoto (Mr. Osomatsu, Yuri Kuma Arashi) is composing the music and Yota Tsuruoka (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, K-ON!) is serving as sound director.

Shinomaru launched the manga in Shinchosha's Comic Bunch magazine in 2012, and Shinchosha published the manga's seventh compiled volume in February.

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