Those eagerly awaiting the spring 2022 anime season have a mystery full of twists to enjoy Tomodachi game† Based on the manga of the same name by Mikoto Yamaguchi and Yuuki Satou, this psychological drama follows five friends who go head-to-head in a strange villainous game.
The Tomodachi Game anime release date has been confirmed for April 6, 2022.
Most of the voices have been announced so far, including Chiaki Kobayashi (recently as Askeladd in Vinland Saga) as the lead actor Yuuichi Katagiri. Familiar voices such as Reina Ueda – known for her role as Kanao Tsuyuri in Demon Slayer – and Minami Takayama – famous for Conan Edogawa in Detective Conan – also appear.
- Chiaki Kobayashi as Yuuichi Katagiri
- Yume Miyamoto as Shiho Sawaragi
- Satomi Amano as Yutori Kokorogi
- Tomohiro Ono as Makoto Shibe
- Daiki Hamano as Tenji Mikasa
- Reina Ueda as Maria Mizusa
- Shizuka Itou as Tsukino
- Minami Takayama as Manabu-kuno
In addition to the voice cast, the opening and ending themes for Tomodachi Game have also been announced. Each episode starts with the Tomodachi Game OP Nana Mizuki’s Double Shuffle† The ED track, Light Day, is performed by saji.
What happens in Tomodachi Game Episode 1?
Yuuichi Katagiri and his friends plan a class trip. Each student has to come up with a significant amount before the deadline, and while the goal is finally achieved, disaster strikes. Before class president and vice president Shiho Sawaragi and Makoto Shibe can return the collected money, it is stolen from Shiho’s locker.
After the theft, Shiho and Makoto stop attending school, leading many of their classmates to speculate about their innocence. However, Yuuichi won’t accept that his friends can be responsible. Together with his friends Tenji Mikasa and Yutori Kokorogi, he is convinced that they must meet Shiho and Makoto to hear the other side of the story.
That meeting comes earlier than expected. Yuuichi receives a mysterious letter in the mail, signed by Shiho, telling him to meet her in the evening before school. When he arrives, he is surprised to see his entire group of friends there who have all received mysterious letters from each other. In the confusion, none of them notice an unknown attacker who knocks them unconscious and drags them away.
Each of them awakens in a strange room with white walls. Before they can understand what’s going on, they are accosted by a childhood character: Manabu-kun, an evil doll from a canceled children’s show. Manabu-kun explains the rules of the game: one of them is the thief, but by participating in the game, they can earn the money to pay off their friend’s debt.
While tensions are high, four out of five friends agree to join the game to settle the debt no matter what. It is only Yuuichi who hesitates. As he announces that his friends mean more to him than any sum of money, deep down he wonders who is really at fault.
Will there be more news about Tomodachi Game on Anime Japan 2022?
Those lucky enough to attend AnimeJapan 2022 can get a taste of the anime along with an exclusive prize! Go to the King Entertainment Creative Booth (A22) on either March 26 or 27 to enter the ‘Challenge from Manabu-kun’. A mysterious question is asked at the booth. Fill in the correct answer to receive an action sticker! Prices are limited, so don’t wait too long!
The booth is hosted by puzzle – a media company known for its collaborative puzzle challenges with major IPs such as Dead By Daylight and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. At the moment it is not yet known what the puzzle of Tomodachi Game will be. But since the event runs for two days, fans have plenty of time to rack their brains… or take to Twitter for hints.