A new anime adaptation is underway with Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. Known as Kawaii dake ja nai Shikimori-san in Japan, it was announced in January 2021 with plans for an April 9th, 2022 debut. The series got underway on Crunchyroll and they later set an April 23rd, 2022 premiere of the English language dub. The latest bit of promotion for the show has the launch of a new web audio drama in Japan, which we’ve included below, and that has them dropping a larger look at the visual from it as well that gives us more time with Shikimori!
The series has Emily Fajardo as the ADR director with Mark Allen Jr. and Tia Ballard assisting while Clayton Browning is handling the scripts. The English cast includes Macy Anne Johnson as Shikimori, Bryson Baugus as Izumi, Clifford Chapin as Inuzuka, Michelle Rojas as Nekozaki, Molly Zhang as Hachimitsu, Lydia Mackay as Motoko, and Mark Stoddard as Akisada.
Additional cast includes Aaron Campbell, Alex Mai, Ben Balmaceda, Jan Aponte, Kalyn McCabe, Kelsey Maher, Kevin D. Thelwell, Linda Young, Madeleine Broseh, Marisa Duran, Mark Allen Jr., Paul Cline
It’ll be directed by Ryota Itoh with Shohei Yamanaki as the assistant director working from the scripts by Yoshimi Narita. Ai Kikuchi is handling the character designs with Koga Kobo handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes Saori Ōnishi as Shikimori, Shūichirō Umeda as Izumi, Misato Matsuoka as Nekozaki, Rina Hidaka as Hachimitsu, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Inuzuka, and Ayaka Fukuhara as Kamiya.
Nasuo☆ will perform the opening theme song while Yuki Nakashima will perform the ending song.
The manga comes from creator Keigo Maki which began in 2018 as serialized in Magazine Pocket. The title was picked as one of the properties from Kodansha Comics USA to get a print release in North America which began in October 2020.
Plot Concept: The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She has a beautiful smile and kind personality and always seems happy when she’s with Izumi. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!” The fun lives of the cute and cool Shikimori, Izumi, and their good friends never end! This 1000% precious romantic comedy begins now!
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