The spring 2022 anime TV season saw a fun show with the debut of Ya Boy Kongming! The folks at Sentai Filmworks had picked up the property for home video release in the future and it saw streaming as a simulcast through HIDIVE. While it wrapped up previously and saw a dub produced for the home video release, the Japanese side is seeing some value in repackaging it as they’ve scheduled a compilation film for it.
With the release of a teaser trailer below, the film is set for a March 1st, 2024 release under the name Paripi Komei Road to Summer Sonia. Knock on wood that this ends with news of either a sequel film or a new TV season.
Check out our review of the series
The series was directed by Osamu Honma and based on the scripts by Yoko Yonaiyama. Kanami Sekiguchi is on board for the character designs with P.A. Works handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Kaede Hondo as Eiko Tsukumi
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Zhuge Kongming
- Shōya Chiba as Kabe-Taito
- Hibiku Yamamura as Nanami Kuon
- Jun Fukushima as Owner Kobayashi
The ending theme song is “Kibun Jojo,” which is performed by Eiko Starring 96Neko as they cover the 2006 original work from mihimaru.
The manga comes from writer Yuto Yotsuba and artist Ryo Ogawa.
Plot Concept: Fate and reincarnation deliver brilliant military strategist, Kongming, from warring, ancient China to Japan’s modern party hot spot in Shibuya City, Tokyo. After a lifetime of battles and military skirmishes, Kongming wished with his last breath to be reborn in a world of peace and prosperity. It’s nearly two millennia later and he’s finding his way in a very different world than that of his past life. When he meets Eiko, an amateur musician with big dreams, the unlikely duo strikes up an even unlikelier friendship. Eiko has street smarts to help Kongming navigate this strange new world, and Kongming will use his strategic mind to help Eiko achieve stardom! The story is a clever take (and smart twist) on fish-out-of-water and person-out-of-time themes with out-of-this-world results for Ya Boy Kongming!
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