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Toei Animation's Butt Detective TV Anime Premieres in May

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Hiroki Shibata directs anime about detective with butt-shaped face

The official website for the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) anime project revealed on Wednesday that a television anime will premiere on NHK E Tele (NHK Educational TV) in May. Hiroki Shibata (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Gegege no Kitarō) is directing the anime at Toei Animation, and Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Moyashimon) is in charge of series composition.

The cast of the net anime are reprising their roles for the television anime. Yuko Sanpei (Boruto) plays the title character, a detective whose face looks like a butt. Ayaka Saito (Jewelpet's Ruby) plays Oshiri Tantei's assistant, a dog named Brown. Ikkei Watanabe is the narrator and the voice of Chief Maltese, while Takahiro Sakurai (Mob Psycho 100's Reigen) plays Kaitō U (Mysterious Thief U). The web anime's cast also includes Reika Uyama (Ronja the Robber's Daughter's Birk) as Suzu-san and Gaku Kudō as Būtarō.

The anime project began streaming a series of web anime shorts last May. The anime project's trailer debuted in May, followed by an “Auto Rickshaw Chase in Port Town” video in August, and "A Wind-Breaking Victory Dance" music video earlier this month. All of the videos feature English, traditional Chinese, and Korean subtitles.

The web anime is streaming on Toei Animation's YouTube channel and the YouTube KIDS app. The English part of the YouTube video descriptions for the first two videos reads:

He's chivalrous, cunning, and his looks are anything "butt"...
Meet “Butt Detective”, a gentleman whose catch phrase is, "Hmm...I smell a case."
Every day, he poots the big city's cases to rest.

Poplar published Troll's first Oshiri Tantei picture book in Japan in 2012, and the series now has a total of six picture books and five books aimed at early grade schoolers. The books have more than 1.7 million copies in print.

Source: MoCa News

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