At its Anime Expo 2022 industry panel, Crunchyroll announced that a Tomo-chan Is A Girl! anime adaptation is in the works. A release date, trailer, and voice cast for the show have also been revealed.
The announcement trailer for the anime gives us our first look at this new romantic comedy which features an interesting premise where a tomboyish girl falls in love with her best friend.
Tomo-chan Is A Girl! is a four-panel manga series by Fumita Yanagida which was serialized on the Twi4 Twitter account and Saizensen from April 2015 to July 2019. The series was then published in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment.
The series follows Tomo Aizawa, a boyish high school girl who develops a crush on her childhood friend, Junichiro Kubota.
While Tomo-chan attempts to confess her feelings to Junichiro, she fails time and time again as her dense best friend only sees her as “one of the boys.” In fact, Junichiro didn’t even know that Tomo-chan was a girl until middle school.
As a popular manga, the Tomo-chan Is A Girl! anime features a cast of popular Japanese voice actors, as well as a solid staff list.
Animation is handled by Lay-duce, the studio behind shows such as Magi: Adventure of Sinbad and Fanfare of Adolescence.
Directing the anime is Hitoshi Namba who is joined by the assistant director, Noriko Hashimoto. Handling writing duties is Megumi Shimizu, with character design by Shiori Hiraiwa and music by Masaru Yokoyama.
Opposite her as Junichiro is Kaito Ishikawa, the voice of Tenya Ida from the My Hero Academia and Tobio Kageyama from the Haikyu!!. Joining them are Rina Hidaka as Misuzu Gundo and Sally Amaki as Carol Olston.
For the English dub, Lexi Nieto is the voice of Tomo Aizawa. Sally Amaki will also voice Carol Olston in the English dub.
Tomo-chan Is A Girl! will air in January 2023. The series will stream on Crunchyroll in the following regions: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.