A new original Wit Studio-produced anime titled Onipan has been announced with an April release window. A teaser trailer and visual have also been released.

The story takes place in a world where humans and Oni co-exist and follows three Onikko who are trying to improve their species’ image. The three of them transfer from the island of Onigashima to a middle school in Tokyo and get involved in various activities, including helping people, assisting in a town revitalization project, taking part in school events, and becoming idols. Also part of the story are the descendants of the demon-battling Momotaro and Issun-boushi (One-Inch Boy), and also the titular Onipan, a pair of briefs that has been passed down from generation to generation among the Oni and may or may not have special abilities.

Onipan‘s staff includes Masahiko Ohta (Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!) as director, Junichiro Hashiguchi (Fire Force Season 2 episode director) as assistant director, Takashi Aoshima (Kaginado) as series composer, Ryouta Yanagi (86 EIGHTY SIX action supervisor) as chief animation director and character designer, Shunsuke Suzuki (My Senpai Is Annoying) as art director, Arisa Komatsu (Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU) as color designer, Shinji Tonsho (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) as photography director, and Yasuhiro Misawa (Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!) as music composer. Norihiro Naganuma (The Ancient Magus’ Bride director) is credited with the original idea, while Vtuber and illustrator Tomari is credited with the Onikko original designs.

Meanwhile, the main cast includes Yome Nuzaki as Tsutsuji, Mika Negishi as Himawari, Kokona Nonaka as Tsuyukusa, Kaori Maeda as Momoko Momozono, Miyu Tomita as Issun-boushi, and Kikuko Inoue as Kuma.

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Source: @tv_anime_onipan

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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