The Oshi no Ko anime has had the most successful launch in HIDIVE’s history. Many fans want to learn more about their favorite programs, and a behind-the-scenes documentary series about the anime is being uploaded on YouTube. The first episode, which is nine minutes long and has English subtitles, was released yesterday.
The video opens with producer Takuya Yoshioka saying, “When I read volume one as a whole, I thought that I must make this into an anime.” From there we not only hear about more staff members’ excitement over the series, but also get a look into how it was made.
“To begin with, we all are a big fan of the manga. We didn’t want to cut any important scenes and dialogues just to make it fit the common anime format,” producer Shimpei Yamashita said about why the first episode is so long. It’s also discussed how creators Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari were involved in the making of the anime.
Oshi no Ko debuted on April 12, and HIDIVE is streaming it simultaneously with its Japanese release. HIDIVE, which has four episodes available to watch, gave this description of the anime’s plot:
“Dr. Goro is reborn as the son of the young starlet Ai Hoshino after her delusional stalker murders him. Now, he wants to help his new mother rise to the top, but what can a child do about the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry?”
The anime is being made at Doga Kobo with Daisuke Hiramaki of Selection Project and Chao Nekotomi of Love is Like a Cocktail helming the series as the directors. Credit for series scripts goes to Jin Tanaka, who has worked on The Misfit of Demon King Academy. Character design is being done by Kanna Hirayama, who is known for working on Rent-A-Girlfriend.
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