Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Film Is Brand-New Anime

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Illustrator Kurehito Misaki expressed desire for other adaptations to also reach novels' ending

Artist Kurehito Misaki revealed in an interview in the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Memorial fan book on Tuesday that the upcoming film will not be a compilation film of the previous anime, but will be a new work. Misaki added that the details are still being worked out, but that he believes that Fumiaki Maruto, the novel series' writer, will find a way to make it work out. Misaki further noted that the novel series was finished, and that it would be best if other adaptations in the media mix franchise could achieve the same goal.

Fumiaki Maruto's original light novel series with illustrations by Kurehito Misaki revolves around Tomoya Aki, an otaku who is working part-time to earn enough money to buy anime on Blu-ray Disc. He meets a beautiful girl on his way home during spring vacation. He eventually models the heroine of his own dōjin game after her. However, he finds out a month later that the girl is in fact his classmate, and he doesn't know her name. He learns that the girl — named Megumi — actually is hardly noticed by others. Tomoya also has no artistic ability or writing skills, so he asks ace of the art club Eriri Spencer Sawamura to provide the art, as well as the honor student Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the scenario. Can they produce a decent game for Comic Market?

The light novel series ended with its 13th volume (seen left) in October 2017.

The novels inspired an anime adaptation that premiered in January 2015 in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block, and a second series premiered on the same block in April 2017. Aniplex of America licensed the first series under the title Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, and streamed it on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Hulu as it aired. Aniplex of America streamed the second series under the title Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat on Amazon's now-defunct Anime Strike channel.

A PlayStation Vita game based off of the anime shipped in Japan in April 2015.

Yen Press is publishing Takeshi Moriki's manga adaptation. Moriki ended the series in August 2016 and began the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Girls Side manga in September 2016. Moriki ended that manga in June 2017, and the second and final volume shipped in July 2017.

The novels have inspired two other manga series titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily~ and Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: Koi-suru Metronome. Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily~ ended with three volumes in 2014. The ninth volume of Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: Koi-suru Metronome shipped on December 25.

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