Tomoaki Maeno, Natsuki Hanae, Kousuke Toriumi Star in Room Mate Anime Shorts

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Spinoff of One Room series premieres on April 12

The official Twitter account for the Room Mate television anime series revealed the show's main cast on Friday.

The show stars (from left to right in key visual above):

  • Tomoaki Maeno as Takumi Ashihara, a 19-year-old college student who doesn't speak much and gives off a cool impression, but he is also kind, and worries about others.
  • Natsuki Hanae as Aoi Nishina, a 17-year-old high school student and stage actor. He's friendly and cheerful. His parents work overseas.
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Shinya Miyasaka, a 25-year-old elite office worker who works for a famous company. His true personality, however, is arrogant, pompous, and sadistic. On the other hand, he cares for Takumi and Aoi as though they were his own brothers.

The series of five-minute shorts will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 12 at 10:40 p.m., and will also air on Sun TV. The show will also stream on Niconico and on AbemaTV.

The anime is the "Side M" version of SMIRAL Animation's One Room television anime series, and was announced in November at the same time as One Room. One Room premiered in Japan on January 11, and has 12 five-minute episodes. The "first-person narrative" series featured three arcs, with each four-episode arc focusing on a different female character.

Room Mate will similarly focus on three male characters. While One Room featured original character designs by Kantoku (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat., Garakowa -Restore the World- original character designer), Room Mate features original character designs by Hidari ([email protected], Fractale, Santa Company).

Masashi Kikuta and Takashi Sakurai are in charge of the original planning for the anime, and Eiji Mano (One Room) drafted the original story. Chisato Nakata (clothing design for Wake Up, Girls!) is adapting Hidari's character designs for animation, Aose Shimoi is returning from One Room to write the scripts, and Tomohiro Yamada (yamazo) is composing the music at F.M.F. Typhoon Graphics is returning from One Room to animate the series.

Crunchyroll streamed the One Room anime as it aired. The "first-person narrative" story featured "3 stories that develop in your (one) room."

Source: MoCa News

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