Four More Cast Members Join the Journey in Somali and the Forest Spirit TV Anime

Crunchyroll co-production based on fantasy manga by Yako Gureishi hits Japanese TV in January of 2020

A banner image made out of the top half of the first volume of the Somali and the Forest Spirit manga.


New cast members and the Japanese release date have been revealed for Somali and the Forest Spirit, an upcoming Crunchyroll co-production TV anime that is based on the fantasy manga by Yako Gureishi about an unfamiliar world where a young human girl befriends the guardian of the forest. The new cast members include:


Shizuno, an oni-like humanoid with jet black eyes and four tiny horns protruding from her forehead.


Hiroki Nanami as Shizuno. Namami is a former Takarazuka actor, and this is her first voice acting role since leaving the troupe.


Yabashira is an oni-like humanoid with jet black eyes, pointed ears, and a long pair of horns protruding from his forehead.


Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Yabashira.



Uzoi, an avian humanoid with feathers growing out of her face and hair.


Saori Hayami as Uzoi.


Haitora, an avian humanoid with a beaked face like a medieval plague doctor's mask.


And Yūki Ono as Haitora.


In Somali and the Forest Spirit, the human species has been persecuted and driven to the point of extinction, and the surface world is ruled by a host of an unusual-looking humanoids. One day in this strange world, Golem, the guardian of the forest, encounters a young human girl who addresses Golem as "Papa". This is the story of that fateful meeting, the father-daughter bond that grows between human being and forest guardian, and their journey together. 


A young woman girl befriends an automaton named Golem in a strange forest in the key visual for the Somali and the Forest Spirit TV anime.


The original Somali and the Forest Spirit manga is serialized in North Star Pictures' Web Comic Zenyoni digital manga magazine. The Somali and the Forest Spirit TV anime is directed by Kenji Yasuda and features animation production by Satelight. The series will broadcast on Japanese TV in beginning in January of 2020, and it will also be available through streaming on Crunchyroll.




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Hime poses for a Crunchyroll ad banner.



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