Multi-platform acquisition of anime series announced Saturday.
North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment has announced on Saturday that they have acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, merchandising, mobile and streaming rights to the romantic comedy series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.
The announcement was made during the company’s panel in Ohayocon event in Columbus, Ohio.
The anime company is planning to release the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Discs, and they are also set to announce the cast and staff for its English dubbed version on a later date.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (EN: I don’t have many friends) is a light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Buriki, published by Media Factory’s MF Bunko J in 2009.
The story revolves around Hasegawa Kodaka, who is a recent transfer student to St. Chronica’s Academy, a Catholic high school. As with every other school he has ever attended, he finds it difficult to make friends there because of his naturally-blond hair and fierce-looking eyes, which make him look like a dangerous “yankee” to his prejudiced schoolmates. One day, Kodaka accidentally comes across the equally solitary and very abrasive Yozora Mikazuki while she converses with her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any social lives, they decide that the best way to improve their situation is to form a club: the Neighbor’s Club precisely intended to make friends and learn social skills. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
The series was given two (2) manga adaptations, the original series written by Hirasaka and illustrated by Itachi, and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai +, the alternative version, written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shouichi Taguchi. Both have been serialized in different magazines in 2010.
The anime adaptation, which is known as Haganai, has been directed by Sora no Otoshimono director Hisashi Saito, while Hajime no Ippo scriptwriter Tatsuhiko Urahata handled screenplay, and the character designs was adapted by Yoshihiro Watanabe.
The 12-episode anime series was aired in Japan from October to December of last year, which has been made available in North America through online streaming on the FUNimation website and on the video-streaming service Niconico.
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