A trailer for J.C. Staff’s anime adaptation of Hajime Kamoshida’s light novel has appeared on the official website.
Sorata Kanda is a second-year high school student who lives in Sakurasou, a dormitory for troubled children. When a cute girl named Mashiro Shiina moves in he decides to protect her from their fellow Sakurasou residents but there is something strange about Mashiro. Despite being a gifted artist she is unable to take care of herself – yes, she is the type to easily get lost, hurt herself and generally cause chaos in the dorm. Sorata begins a strange relationship where he and Mashiro will live “like a master and his pet.”
The original light novel is apparently considered a romantic comedy which was first published on the 10th of January, 2010 in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. Kamoshida has form in the school rom-com field as he also wrote the story for Tora Kiss: A School Odyssey.
The anime adaptation has a cast list that includes Ai Kayano (Muginami in Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, Mogana in Medaka Box) who voices Mashiro and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kazuto in Sword Art Online) giving voice to Kanda. Other notable seiyuu include Yui Horie (Silvia in Ground Defence Mao-chan, Hanyuu in Higurashi) and Takahiro Sakurai (Meme Oshino in Bakemonogatari).
Despite the borderline offensive premise the anime has women taking two of the major roles in the production with industry vet Mari Okada (AKB008, CANAAN, Zetsuen no Tempest, Toradora!) in charge of series composition and relative newcomer Atsuko Ishizuka in the director’s chair. It is an interesting choice for Ishizuka who made her directorial debut with the five minute short Tsuki no Waltz and went on to direct, and write episodes of the Aoi Bungaku Series which adapted modern classics of Japanese literature into anime. Character designs come from someone familiar with this sort of thing in the shape of Masahiro Fujii (Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Zero no Tsukaima).
While we are more than familiar with Okada and Fujii, how will Ishizuka do with moé schoolgirls? Decide for yourself when the anime premieres in October.
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