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Tomodachi Game Manga Gets TV Anime in April 2022

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins & Alex Mateo
Main cast, staff at Okuru to Noboru, visual unveiled

This year's 49th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yuki Satō Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga will get a television anime adaptation that will debut in April 2022. An official Twitter account opened for the anime, and it reveals cast, staff, and a visual.

The cast includes:

Chiaki Kobayashi as Yūichi Katagiri

Daiki Hamano as Tenji Mikasa

Yume Miyamoto as Shiho Sawaragi

Tomohiro Ōno as Makoto Shibe

Satomi Amano as Yutori Kokorogi

Hirofumi Ogura (Cells at Work!, Black Butler II) is directing the anime at Okuru to Noboru, and Kenta Ihara (Saga of Tanya the Evil, Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Satomi Miyazaki is designing the characters. Studio Tulip's Si Man Wei (Edens Zero) is the art director, while Studio Tulip's Tsukasa Ōhira (No Game, No Life) is in charge of art setting. Aiko Mizuno (Cells at Work!) is the color key artist. Yomogiko Murano (Attack on Titan The Final Season, Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life) is the compositing director of photography. MICHIRU (BEM, Ascendance of a Bookworm) is composing the music. Hiroto Morishita (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU) is directing the sound at Studio Mouse.

The anime will premiere on Nippon TV and BS Nippon TV.

The story, based on Mikoto Yamaguchi's original concept, centers on Yūichi Katagiri, a young man with a perfect student life who has four friends with difficult lives. His peaceful daily life comes to an end when 2 million yen (about US$20,000) in school trip fees goes missing. Riddles unfold as Yūichi gets caught up in a mysterious game for money and must decide whether friendship or money matters more.

Sato (Sherlock Bones, Yokai Doctor) launched the manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in December 2013. The manga went on hiatus in December 2019, returned for one chapter in February 2020, and then went back on hiatus. The manga entered its final arc in August 2020.

Kodansha published the manga's 18th volume on June 9, and will publish the 19th volume on November 9.

The manga has inspired two live-action films. The first film, Tomodachi Game Gekijōban, opened in June 2017 after a live-action television drama series premiered in April 2017. The second film screened in Japan in September 2017.

Sources: Weekly Shōnen Magazine issue 49, Tomodachi Game anime's Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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