Butareba Anime Releases Pig Trailer

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The upcoming Butareba: The Story of a Man Turned into a Pig anime adaptation has received a character trailer for its titular protagonist, Pig.

Butareba: The Story of a Man Turned into a Pig (Buta no Liver wa Kanetsu Shiro/Heat the Pig Liver) is set to premiere on October 7 with Crunchyroll streaming outside of Japan. The anime is based on the KADOKAWA-published light novel series written by Takuma Sakai and illustrated by Asagi Toosaka, which J-Novel Club describes as:

A run-of-the-mill otaku collapses from stomach pain after tasting raw pig liver and wakes up in a whole new world—as a pig, of all things! He’s helplessly trapped in his pen until Jess, a girl who can read minds, comes along and rescues him. Our porcine hero will have to work to keep his boar-ish thoughts to himself, but sweet Jess isn’t deterred.

In fact, she wants to spoil this little piggy rotten! By Jess’s side, it seems like life as a hog might not be so bad after all, yet there’s more to this strange fantasy world than meets the eye. Jess is a girl of many secrets, and she’s in danger. But what can a mere pig with no special powers do to protect her from her cruel fate? Will his modern knowledge, quick thinking, and sharp nose be enough to ham it up and save her?

Masayuki Takahashi (Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon assistant director) is directing the anime at project No.9 with Deko Akao (Noragami) as series composer and Susumu Watanabe (Cute Executive Officer) as character designer. Kenichirou Suehiro (Re: Zero) and MAYUKO (Ranking of Kings) are composing the music.

The cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Pig, Tomori Kusunoki as Jess, Miyu Tomita as Celes, and Kento Itou as Knot.

The Butareba light novel series began publication in 2020 and has seven volumes as of December 2022. It was the gold prize winner of the 26th Dengeki Shousetsu Taishou and has inspired a manga adaptation drawn by Minami. The books are published under the Dengeki Bunko label.

Source: Aniplex YouTube Channel

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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