‘Ya Boy Kongming!’ is a musical comedy manga written by Yuto Yotsuba and illustrated by Ryō Ogawa for the Tokyo-based publisher Kodansha since 2019. Its popularity has led to a 2022 anime adaption produced by the Japanese animation studio P.A. Works and directed by Shū Honma. HiDive has announced they will be producing a dubbed version of all twelve episodes of the series.
HiDive revealed the cast on their website:
- Kongming – Joe Daniels
- Eiko – Juliet Simmons
- Kobayashi “Owner” – David Matranga
- Narrator – Ian Sinclair
- Mia Rachael – Messer
- Mia’s Manager – Brandon Hearnsberger
- Kabe – Antonio Lasanta
- Ryo Jack Stansbury
- Taku – Ronson Hawkins
- Masa – Benjamin McLaughlin
- Kondo – Josh Morrison
- Kondo’s Secretary – Molly Searcy
- Sekitoba – Orlanders Jones
- Sasaki – Camryn Nunley
- BB Bartender – Jeremy Gee
- Liu Bei – Blake Jackson
- Lu Xun – Jeremy Gee
- “Sekitoba” Fan – Labraska Washington
You can watch the trailer for the series below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“Zhuge Kongming earned a reputation as one of the greatest tacticians of the Three Kingdoms period of third-century China. Having led his army through countless grueling victories, Kongming falls gravely ill during the Battle of Wuzhang Plains. The weariness and regret stemming from the seemingly never-ending war catch up to him, and as he draws his final breath, Kongming wishes that if he were to reincarnate, he would be reborn in a more peaceful era.
His wish comes true, and Kongming wakes up in modern-day Tokyo with a younger body and his memories intact. Thrust into an unfamiliar world, he finds his way into a nightclub and meets Eiko Tsukimi, an aspiring singer whose performance immediately captivates him. Pitying his confusion, Eiko takes Kongming under her wing and teaches him about the current world, which leads to Kongming’s interest in contemporary music. Seeing Eiko’s immense musical potential, Kongming vows to make the world recognize her and soon takes on the role of her manager.
Unsurprisingly, the music industry is unforgiving to those who make even the slightest mistakes. Still, Kongming is determined to accomplish his goals—even if he must utilize the war stratagems he famously used in his previous life!”
‘Ya Boy Kongming’ won the 2020 Next Manga Award’s U-NEXT award in the web category.