‘Onipan!’ is upcoming original anime from Wit Studios. The show is created by Norihiro Naganuma, directed by Masahiko Ohta, and written by Takashi Aoshima. It is scheduled to air in Japan sometime in April 2022 with Sentai Filmworks announcing that the streaming service HiDive will make it available in North America.
“Sentai announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights to WIT STUDIO’s Onipan!, a modern comedy series with a classic Oni-girl twist, for audiences around the world,” they announced in a press release.
“Onipan! is a production of WIT STUDIO, the acclaimed creative force behind legendary series like Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, and Ranking of Kings. The original creators of the Onipan! Project include Norihiro Naganuma, who is known for directing Ancient Magus Bride (also serving as the assistant director for Hozuki’s Coolheadedness and Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You), WIT STUDIO and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions,” Sentai continued.
The cast includes “Kokona Nonaka as Tsuyukusa, Mika Negishi as Himawari and Yume Nozaki as Tsutsuji, the main Oni-kids. The series also stars Miyu Tomita (MADE IN ABYSS, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, Gabriel DropOut) as Noriko Issun, Kaori Maeda (Kandagawa Jet Girls, Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department) as Momo Momozono and Kikuko Inoue (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Is this A Zombie?, Ah! My Goddess) as Kuma.”
You can watch the “first look” teaser below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“Three oni-kids who, through the power of the onipan (a portmanteau of “oni” and “pantsu”) become human to help fix the relationship between humans and oni. The three girls transfer into a normal Tokyo high school to aid in their task and help fix their image by revitalizing the town, sometimes jumping headfirst into school events, and other times … becoming idols!”
Ryuuta Yanagi is handling the character designs for the anime with Yasuhiro Misawa taking care of the music.
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