A preview of the ARIA magazine’s upcoming September issue has revealed that HATSUKOI MONSTER (Eng: First Love Monster), originally a romantic comedy manga created by Akira Hiyoshimaru, will be adapted into an anime series for the television screen. The manga itself was introduced two years ago, with the fifth and latest volume to be brought into Japan come the 7th of July. As a matter of fact, the manga will see a breakthrough into the North American continent too, courtesy of Yen Press who will be bringing its first volume to American fans in the same month.
Fans of the manga itself may know that the limited-edition versions of the more recent volumes of FIRST LOVE MONSTER come with drama CDs as part of the
package, and these CDs have given a sneak peek of which voice actors will be voicing their favourite characters in the anime release. Just yesterday, Hiyoshimaru himself
has confirmed that the cast will be the same as that featured in the CDs. Presenting to you the cast, in order which they appeared in the video below:
Yui Horie will voice Kaho Nikaidō, the fifteen-year-old female protagonist whose move to Tokyo and close shave in a near-accident would bring her a series of
unexpected happenings that will lay the ground for the events of this series.
Takahiro Sakurai will voice Kanade Takahashi, who in the course of the events becomes the object of affection for Kaho, giving rise to a rather awkward relationship
between the two plagued by strange circumstances.
Showtaro Morikubo will voice Tomu Kaneko, Tomokazu Sugita will voice Ginjirō Sannomiya, and Ayumu Murase will voice Kazuo Noguchi; all three are friends of Kanade.
Kenichi Suzumura will voice Jōji Takahashi, who is cousins with Kanade – perhaps a parallel to their two voice actors’ close friendship off the screen?
Nobuhiko Okamoto will voice Kōta Shinohara, who himself harbours feelings towards Kaho, thus complicating things a little perhaps.
Kaito Ishikawa will voice Atsushi Taga, who harbours feelings on the other extreme end instead – a long-drawn animosity – against Kaho.
Kenjiro Tsuda will voice Arashi Nagasawa, who is Kaho‘s neighbour, while Hikaru Midorikawa will voice Daikoku Nikaidō, Kaho‘s older brother.
Fans who have followed the music careers of some of the voice actors in the cast will probably look forward to hearing their favourite singers lend their voice to the characters in this upcoming series as well. Horie Yui is definitely no stranger in the female seiyuu-singer scene, being frequently ranked one of the best singers and most popular voice-actors, while Showtaro Morikubo and Suzumura Kenichi are frequently considered amongst the best male seiyuu-singers. Not to mention, Takahiro Sakurai, Nobuhiko Okamoto and Kenjiro Tsuda will be performing alongside Suzumura in this year’s AD-LIVE too.
Whether you’re a fan of the manga, the seiyuus, or just a casual anime-watcher looking for a new series to catch this year, FIRST LOVE MONSTER‘s anime adaptation will definitely bring many surprises.