Crunchyroll co-production based on fantasy manga by Yako Gureishi hits Japanese TV in January of 2020
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:
Hiroki Nanami as Shizuno. Namami is a former Takarazuka actor, and this is her first voice acting role since leaving the troupe.
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Yabashira.
Saori Hayami as Uzoi.
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.
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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