I'm From Japan Anime Stars Minami Takayama
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Minami Takayama (Detective Conan's Conan Edogawa) will star in the television anime adaptation of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga as Japan Hinomoto (pictured center in image at right).
The anime will premiere in April within the Oha-Suta ("Good Morning Star") children's television program.
Isamu Ueno (PRECARIOUS WOMAN EXECUTIVE MISS BLACK GENERAL) is directing the anime at ODDJOB, and Masato Naruse and Kōji Hashimoto are handling series composition. Hana Nohara and Fumiyuki Uehara are designing the characters.
Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, and Shueisha publishes the manga on its Manga Plus app in English. Shueisha describes the story:
Tokio Abiko has left his hometown in Yamagata prefecture to enter school in the great metropolis of Tokyo. On his first day, he encounters one of his classmates, a strange boy called Japan Hinomoto. Tokio soon realizes that Japan is the master of a very peculiar martial art – Todofu-ken: the Metro-erritorial Pre-fist-ure Style! With each of the 47 styles themed after a prefecture of Japan, enjoy a hilarious and unique tour of the country!
Hayashi launched the manga in the magazine last September. Shueisha shipped he manga's first volume on January 4.
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 12