‘Tomodachi Game’ is a psychological thriller and horror manga created by Mikoto Yamaguchi with writing and illustrations done by Yuki Sato. It was published by Kodansha through their ‘Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.’ The Japanese animation studio Okuruto Noboru picked up the series for an anime that was released in April 2022. Crunchyroll has announced that they had acquired the rights to produce an English dub.
Crunchyroll said on their website that the cast includes:
- David Matranga (Bertholdt Hoover in Attack on Titan) as Yuichi
- Josh Bangle (Li in Fire Force) is Tenji
- Caitlin Glass (Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) as Shiho
- Dani Chambers (Mansherry in One Piece) as Yutori
- Aaron Campbell (Gauma in SSSS.DYNAZENON) as Makoto
- Kiba Walker (Makio Tanihara in Horimiya) as Manabu (rotating role)
- Monica Rial (Bulma in Dragon Ball Z) as Tsukino
- Sara Ragsdale (Miranda Wallace in Wise Man’s Grandchild) as Maria
You can watch the trailer below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“Yuuichi Katagiri has battled financial hardships his whole life but has learned to stay content and positive thanks to his close circle of friends. To keep a promise he made to them, Yuuichi saves up enough money to join them on the school trip. But when the gathered money mysteriously goes missing, suspicion falls on two of Yuuichi’s friends: Shiho Sawaragi and Makoto Shibe, who were in charge of collecting the payments. Although innocent, Shiho and Makoto take responsibility for the failure to protect the money when no one else comes forward.
A few days later, Yuuichi and his friends receive mysterious letters which trick each of them into meeting up. Upon arrival, they are ambushed and knocked unconscious. They wake up in a mysterious room in the presence of “Manabu-kun,” a character from a controversial children’s show that stopped airing due to its malicious content. He informs the group that one of them indirectly gathered them together in order to settle a large debt. They are to play a “friendship game”: a series of games that will test the strength of their bond and trust in each other. As the group’s faith wavers due to the growing number of secrets and betrayals, Yuuichi must figure out who of his “friends” he can actually trust and ultimately discover the identity of the traitor.”
The anime is directed by Hirofumi Ogura and written by Kenta Ihara with music by Michiru.