Adding a bit of laughter to their upcoming line-up from Japan’s Spring 2022 anime season, Sentai has confirmed they hold the exclusive rights to WIT STUDIO’s Onipan! (おにぱん！) for audiences around the world (Excluding Asia). This modern comedy series with a classic oni-girl twist will be available exclusively via HIDIVE starting next month, when the anime begins broadcasting in Japan.
Onipan! is a production of WIT STUDIO, the creative force behind series like Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, and Ranking of Kings. The original creators of the Onipan! Project include Norihiro Naganuma, who is known for directing Ancient Magus Bride (also serving as the assistant director for Hozuki’s Coolheadedness and Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You), WIT STUDIO and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions. Onipan! is directed by Masahiko Ohta (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Yuru Yuri, Minami-ke) with music by Yasuhiro Misawa (Kokoro Connect, How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno., Hinamatsuri) and series composition from Takashi Aoshima (Re-Kan!, No Game, No Life, Love Lab).
The show’s Japanese voice cast marks the debut performances of Kokona Nonaka as Tsuyukusa, Mika Negishi as Himawari and Yume Nozaki as Tsutsuji, the main Oni-kids. The series also stars Miyu Tomita (MADE IN ABYSS, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, Gabriel DropOut) as Noriko Issun, Kaori Maeda (Kandagawa Jet Girls, Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department) as Momo Momozono and Kikuko Inoue (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Is this A Zombie?, Ah! My Goddess) as Kuma.
A home video release is planned from Sentai at a later date.
Over the centuries, oni (AKA demons of Japanese folklore) got a pretty bad reputation. Now it’s up to three plucky oni kids — sunny Tsutsuji, cool Tsuyukusa and boisterous Himawari — to improve human-oni relations through love, friendship and superpowered underpants!