The main cast for the anime Hitorijime My Hero based on Memeko Arii’s manga has been announced!
The cast from the drama CD will reprise their roles for the anime. Tomoaki Maeno will voice the always arguing but poor math teacher Kosuke Oshiba and Toshiki Masuda will play the yankee Masahiro Setagawa. Good-looking honor student Asaya Hasekura will be voiced by Shinnosuke Tachibana. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will voice Kosuke’s younger brother, Kensuke Oshiba. Encourage Films will be the producer and Yukina Hiiro will be the director.
Maeno, who also played Kosuke on the drama CD, said, ‘When I heard that the story would be turned into an anime I thought that I wanted to play this character again! I am really happy that my wish has been granted.’
Hitorijime My Hero falls in the genre of Boys Love and is about the relationship between a yankee high school student, a bad high school teacher, and two childhood friends. 5 volumes have been released so far and the story is being serialized in Ichijinsha’s gateau. The anime will start airing in July on AT-X, TOKYO MX and BS Nichi TV. It will also be available on dAnimestore and dTV.
Comment from Tomoaki Maeno (Kosuke Oshiba)
‘Since I already got the chance to work on the drama CD, I thought that I wanted to play this character again when I heard that there would be an anime adaptation. I am really happy that my wish was granted. I want to do my best playing him, casually smoking a cigarette without a care for the world or warmly teasing Masahiro.’
Comment from Toshiki Masuda (Masahiro Setagawa)
‘I am happy that the manga was made into a drama CD and now will be turned into an anime. I have been working with this series for some time now, so I want to return the favor by taking on the role of Setagawa once again. Please watch it!’
Comment from Shinnosuke Tachibana (Asaya Hasekura)
‘When we recorded the drama CD there were already hopes for an anime adaptation, but I didn’t think it would get it. [laugh] I am looking forward to see a moving Hasekura and Kensuke. I am counting on your support~!’
Comment from Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kensuke Oshiba)
‘Thanks to the support of all of you, there will be a Hitorijime My Hero anime! I don’t only want to convey the cuteness of a puppy but also the occasional stupidity and delicate feelings that will make you shake, the struggling confusion, and more. And of course I need to give my best to not betray the expectations of the fans, to show them a new world born through this anime, which will become a whole new experience compared to the drama CD of Hitorijime My Hero. So please watch over me and my work!’
Comment from director Yukina Hiiro
‘Hello, I am director Yukina Hiiro. I will portray the relationship between the four characters I was entrusted with from Arii-sensei. The staff and cast is trying hard to deliver something that will be loved by everyone, so please watch it! There will also be a kitty and puppy!’
TV Anime ‘Hitorijime My Hero’
Original Work: Memeco Arii (Serialized in Ichijinsha’s Monthly gateau)
Director: Yukina Hiiro
Series Composition: Yusei Naruse
Character Design, Chief Animation Director: Ayana Nishino
Animation Production: Encourage Films
Tomoaki Maeno as Kosuke Oshiba
Toshiki Masuda as Masahiro Setagawa
Shinnosuke Tachibana as Asaya Hasekura
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kensuke Oshiba