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Crunchyroll Adds This Boy Suffers from Crystallization Video Anime

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Soubi Yamamoto's 4th installment in "This Boy/Kono Danshi" series originally shipped on DVD in 2014

Crunchyroll began streaming Soubi Yamamoto and CoMix Wave Films' This Boy Suffers from Crystallization (Kono Danshi, Sekika ni Nayandemasu) video anime on Thursday. The anime is available to members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

The story revolves around high school boy Ayumu Tamari (voiced by Shōta Aoi) who has an illness that makes him start to turn to stone when he's stressed. Since he couldn't fit in with his class, after repeating a year, he declared that he wanted to have a "Sparkly youth" as well. To do this, he changed his hair and clothes to be more fashionable, and constantly checked for popular topics to stay in the know. In the midst of Ayumu's life of making a facade, his homeroom teacher and stone-loving geology teacher Kōya Onihara (Daisuke Hirakawa) says that Ayumu's stone transformation is beautiful. Ayumu begins to become attracted to Kōya, who starts to give him advice.

Aoi also performed the main theme song "glitter wish," which he also composed and wrote the lyrics for. Yamamoto provided the original work, scripts, and directed for the project.

The project is the fourth in Yamamoto's Kono Danshi/This Boy series, and it shipped on DVD with English subtitles in Japan in December 2014.

As a 21-year-old, Yamamoto made her scriptwriting and directorial debut in 2011 with the first 28-minute Kono Danshi anime, Kono Danshi, Uchū-jin to Tatakaemasu. (This Boy Can Fight Aliens!). Her followup, Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita. (This Boy Caught a Merman), was released in 2012. The third installment titled Kono Danshi, Akunin to Yobaremasu. (This Boy Is Called A Scoundrel) was released as a drama CD in 2013.

The fifth installment, the four-episode This Boy is a Professional Wizard (Kono Danshi, Mahō ga Oshigoto Desu.) television anime series, aired in February. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

Sentai Filmworks licensed and released both This Boy Caught a Merman and This Boy Can Fight Aliens! in North America.

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