Chinese warring states military strategist Zhuge Liang (courtesy name Kongming) may have fallen ill and died in 234, but 1800 years later he’s back and ready to party in downtown Shibuya in new announcement TV anime adaptation of Ya Boy Kongming! manga series written by Yuto Yotsuba and illustrated by Ryo ogawa. The two protagonists, main staff, and the show’s release date were announced alongside the first trailer and key visual.
Doubler Ryotaro Okiayu, best known for Byakuya Kuchiki in Bleach, will voice the main character Kongming, while Kaede Hondo, who is better known as Sakura Minamoto in SAGA ZOMBIE LAND, will take on the role of Eiko Tsukumi, although her voice is unconfirmed at the time of writing.
Direction Ya Boy Kongming! will be Osamou Honma (Aquatope on white sand director of the episode) PA Works, with Yoko Yonaiyama (Umamusume: nice derby) as the composer of the series, and Kanami sekiguchi (Shirobako) as a character designer. Join them for the Premiere in April 2022 are:
- Accessories designers: Mayumi miyaoka, Hiromi makino
- Artistic director: Junichi Higashi
- Background artist: Yuuta Fujii
- Color designer: Asami Eguchi
- 3D director: Motonari Ichikawa
- Director of Photography: Yoshimitsu Tomita
- Editing : Ayumu Takahashi
- Special effects: Masahiro murakami
- Sound director: Satoki Iida
- Music: Genki Hikota (Hifumi, inc)
- Music production: Avex Pictures
Kodansha posted Ya Boy Kongming! in Japan during its Comic Days! digital platform, the publisher also publishing the series in English in digital form. Starting November 22, it will switch to Weekly Young Magazine for print serialization. Kodansha describes the series in English as follows:
The Tokyo party scene isn’t NEAR ready for the Three Kingdoms era star general, but he’s definitely ready for it! Get off, shake your thing, and get ready to laugh out loud with this historic fantasy comedy, Ya Boy Kongming!
Ya Boy Kongming! The TV anime begins to party in Shibuya from April 2022.
Sources: BD Nathalie, Ya Boy Kongming! official site
Daryl Harding is the Japan correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel on Japan called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.