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HOUSTON, TX — November 19, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today its acquisition of Oshi no Ko, the highly anticipated new anime drama series adapted from the award-winning seinen manga written by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari (Scrum’s Wish), which will premiere in 2023 with a special 90-minute first episode and be available exclusively on HIDIVE. Set in the cutthroat world of showbiz, the Oshi no Ko manga series first premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump in April 2020 and since then, has grown to encompass nine volumes with more than 3.8 million copies in print.
When a pregnant young starlet appears in Gorou Amemiya’s countryside medical clinic, the doctor takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver Ai Hoshino’s child so she can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But no good deed goes unpunished, and on the eve of her delivery, he finds himself slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry, threatening to dull the shine of his favorite star. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts? And what will he do when unthinkable disaster strikes?
Since its launch, the manga series has received numerous awards, nominations and accolades including wins at both the Next Manga Awards and 46th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards, in 2021 and 2022 respectively, as well as nominations for the Shogakukan Manga Award and 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. In strong affirmation of the manga’s universal popularity, in March 2022, Oshi no Ko was named #5 on the 2022 AniRank, AnimeJapan’s annual poll of the Top 10 “Manga We Want To See Animated” – just three months before plans for the Oshi no Ko anime adaptation were announced publicly.
Oshi no Ko will be directed by Daisuke Hiramaki (Selection Project) and Chao Nekotomi (Love is Like a Cocktail) together with writing by Jin Tanaka (The Misfit of Demon King Academy), character design by Kanna Hirayama (Rent-A-Girlfriend) and animation by production studio Doga Kobo (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle). The voice cast will star Rie Takahashi (Teasing Master Takagi-san3) as Ai Hoshino.
Ahead of the anime’s Spring release, Yen Press will be publishing the first-ever English paperback edition of the Oshi no Ko manga series. Volume 1 will hit bookshelves on January 17, 2023 and is currently available for pre-order.
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