Hiromu Arakawa continues to be one of the more celebrated manga creators over the past twenty years and now another of their works is getting an anime. Their series Hyakusho Kizoku, which roughly translates as Noble Farmer, was announced as being in line for an adaptation back in October 2022 that will take the semi-autobiographical work and bring it to life. Or, well, anime.
The show was recently set for a July 7th, 2023 debut for the show on Tokyo MX and now the Japanese side has updated again. The first promotional video for the show has arrived with Shigeru Chiba narrating it and giving us a good feel as to what it’ll be like.
It’s directed by Yutaro Sawada who is handling the scripts and working as the line director on it. Ayane Matsumoto is handling the character designs and serving as the animation director and an animator on it with Pie in the sky handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Mutsumi Tamura as Hiromu Arakawa
- Mariko Honda as Ishii-san
- Shigeru Chiba as Oyaji-dono
- Kujira as Okan
The manga began in 2006 as serialized in Wing magazine with seven volumes released so far.
Plot Concept: Before becoming a manga artist, ARAKAWA Hiromu spent seven years working as a farmer in Hokkaido. Well-acquainted with the many emotions that are part and parcel of agricultural work, she captures the harsh realities of Japanese dairy farming while also shedding light on this tough and powerful way of life in a series of sidesplitting episodes. Known for numerous works in which she celebrates the joys of life, in this essay-style comic ARAKAWA reveals her own roots and little-known truths about farming life.