Crunchyroll Loses Out on Oshi no Ko as HIDIVE Announces Simulcast

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Recently, it was announced that the highly anticipated anime series Oshi no Ko will be simulcast on HIDIVE instead of Crunchyroll in select regions outside Japan.

The show’s HIDIVE release was revealed recently by the platform at Anime NYC which took place from November 18-20, 2022, in New York City (via Anime News Network).

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Oshi no Ko – The Newest Upcoming Anime From Kaguya-sama's Creator

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Credit: Aka Akasaka / Mengo Yokoyari / Shueisha

In case you’re unfamiliar, Oshi no Ko is an upcoming TV anime by Doga Kobo, and it is based on the manga of the same name that serializes in Weekly Young Jump in Japan and on Manga Plus internationally.

The manga is written by Aka Akasaka, the author of the hit manga series, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, which ended its run recently.

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Unlike Kaguya-sama: Love Is War though, Oshi no Ko is only written by Akasaka. Handling illustration duties is Scum’s Wish creator Mengo Yokoyari.

As for its story, the series follows Aquamarine and Ruby Hoshino, the children of the popular idol Ai Hoshino.

Without anyone knowing, the twins are a reincarnation of a doctor and a patient who are fans of Ai.

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Oshi no Ko follows the siblings as they work together to become idols like their mother, following a major event.

In their journey, the two come face-to-face with the darker side of the idol and entertainment industry.

Much like Kaguya-sama, Akasaka’s latest work is also a hit sales-wise. As of October 2022, the manga has over 3 million copies in circulation.

READ MORE: How Oshi no Ko and Kaguya-sama Are Related Explained

Oshi no Ko HIDIVE Simulcast, Release Date

The anime adaptation was first announced in June 2022, and while there’s no trailer for it yet, the anime did release a key visual along with the voice actress of the central character, Ai Hoshino.

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At Anime NYC, it was revealed that the series will be simulcast on HIDIVE. This means anime fans can watch new episodes of the show weekly shortly after their release in Japan.

The Oshi no Ko anime will premiere on HIDIVE sometime in 2023, though there’s currently no info yet on an official release date.

What we do know is that more info on the series will be revealed in a live broadcast on December 11, 2022. This upcoming broadcast will feature the voice actress of Ai Hoshino, along with other members of the cast.

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It was also confirmed previously that the series’ first episode will be 90 minutes long, possibly meaning that it will cover the manga’s first 10 chapters which serve as an extended intro.

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