Shikimori tenderly holds her friend’s hand. Photo credit: Shikimori Anime

The release date of The Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie has been confirmed for April 2, 2022, the spring 2022 anime season.

A recent tweet from the official anime Twitter account posted both a trailer for the series and confirmed the release date of Kawaii dake ja Nai Shikimori-san. The series will be streamed on both Funimation and Crunchyroll.

Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie is an anime series based on Keigo Maki’s manga of the same name, known for its striking expressions and beautiful artwork. The series follows Shikimori and Izumi, a couple, as they struggle to express how much they love each other. Sensitive to danger, Izumi always seems to find a tricky spot, and it’s up to his super-cool girlfriend to melt his heart with her well-timed words.

The series has sold over 1.4 million copies in Japan from 2021 and serialization in Kodansha’s Manga Pocket website and app started in 2019.

The first official trailer shows off the first chapter of the anime, in which Shikimori saves her boyfriend from a car accident, as well as a few scenes from other points in the manga (Chapter Five, Chapter Seven, Chapter Sixteen) as he grapples with the question whether he thinks his girlfriend Shikimori is cute, cool or both.

Pictured above: Shikimori is super cool after saving Izumi from certain death!

Who is the studio behind Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie edit?

The studio behind Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie adaptation is Doga Kobo, known for their work on Nozaki-kun, YuruYuri, Umaru-chan, Love Lab and the upcoming Chiikawa adaptation of Monthly Girls.

They are characterized by their expressive animation and focus on moe, romcoms, comedy and yuri anime. With that focus, it’ll be interesting to see how they approach the animation of Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie, considering how much of the series revolves around Shikimori’s cool expressions and practiced poses.

Who is the cast behind the edit?

Saori Onishi (Saekano) will voice the titular Shikimori, with Shuichiro Umeda (Dawn of the Witch) as Izumi, Rina Hidaka (Slime Reincarnation) as Hachimitsu, Misato Matsuoka (Eizouken) as Nekozaki, and Nobuhiko Okamoto (Bakumiago, My Hero). ) as Inuzaka. Ryota Itoh (My Senpai Is Annoying), a veteran of Doga Kobo, will be the series director, while Yoshimi Narita (My Senpai Is Annoying) will be the lead screenwriter.

All in all, the current cast and animation for the series look great – it’ll be interesting to see if Doga Kobo can continue their success of My Senpai Is Annoying this season with Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie.


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