Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! Children's Book Series Gets TV Anime
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The first television anime adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!) has been green-lit for an April launch. It will premiere on Sunday, April 8 at 7:14 a.m. on TV Tokyo and five other affiliates.
The "story of laughter and tears" centers around "Okko," a sixth-grade elementary school girl who lost her parents in a traffic accident. She moves to her grandmother's hot spring inn "Haru no Ya" (Spring House) and trains to run the inn. She gradually grows up with the help of the ghost "Uri-bō" and other mysterious friends.
The anime series stars:
Satsumi Matsuda as Makoto "Uri-bō" Tachiuri, a ghost
Nana Mizuki as Matsuki Akino, Okko's rival
Yōko Asagami as Mineko Seki
Teiyū Ichiryūsai as Etsuko Tajima
Masaki Terasoma as Kōnosuke "Kō-san" Minoda
Etsuko Kozakura as Suzuki
Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Ace of Diamond, Chi's Sweet Home, Kobato., Polar Bear's Café) and Azuma Tani (Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani, Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei, Insufficient Direction) are directing the anime at Madhouse with DLE. Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken, Kobato., RIN-NE) is in charge of the series scripts, and Akiko Asaki (The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk) is designing the characters. Masafumi Mima is directing the sound at Techno Sound, and Takeshi Hama (Idol Time PriPara, Kobato., TsukiPro the Animation) is composing the music.
Reijō launched the book series in 2003, and Kodansha's Aoi Tori Bunko imprint published 20 volumes with seven spinoff and short story collections. The book series has 3 million copies in print. Eiko Ōuchi serialized a manga adaptation in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine, and Kodansha published seven compiled book volumes.
Source: Animate Times