After-School Hanako-kun TV: Square Enix and TBS made a joint announcement on Thursday, revealing that the spinoff manga “After-School Hanako-kun” (Hōkago Shōnen Hanako-kun) by Iro Aida is the source of inspiration for an upcoming short television anime. The anime is scheduled to debut on TBS on October 12. However, Crunchyroll has disclosed that it will stream the anime on the same day, specifically at 2:00 p.m. ET, preceding its Japanese premiere. The streaming will be available across North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, and India.
Steering the anime is Masaki Kitamura, renowned for assisting in directing “Gundam 00.” The animation is being handled by Lerche and Studio Hibari, with Kazuma Nagatomo leading the series scripts. The multifaceted Aya Higami holds the roles of character designer and chief animation director. Overseeing the visual composition is Mizuho Shimada, while Hiroshi Takaki, a returning artist from “Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun,” is responsible for the music composition.
After-School Hanako-kun TV Anime Cast
The ensemble of creative talents also includes:
- Color Design: Saki Tada
- Editing: Kazuo Kajikawa
- Music Production: Pony Canyon
- Sound Director: Satoki Iida
- Recording Engineer: Tatsuhiro Amano
- Recording Studio: studio tronc
- Sound Production: HALF H·P STUDIO
- Animation Producer: Ryō Nishimura
The English version of the spinoff manga has been released by Yen Press, which encapsulates the narrative as follows:
The ethereal Hanako-kun and his human companion Nene Yashiro are typically engaged in resolving a myriad of supernatural incidents at Kamome Academy. Yet, what occupies their time during a hiatus from these ventures? Discover how the characters of “Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun” pass their leisurely afternoons.
History of the Manga Series
The manga originally debuted on Pixiv Comic in February 2018, concluding with its 25th chapter in October 2021. Square Enix compiled the series into a single volume in August 2019, which was later published by Yen Press in English in April 2021.
Back in December, the official website for the TV anime adaptation of Iro Aida’s original “Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun” manga revealed that the anime project was being “restarted.” The anime initially premiered in Japan in January 2020, consisting of 12 episodes. Funimation facilitated streaming with English dubbing and subtitles.
Yen Press has made the manga available digitally, offering the following insight into the story:
“Hanako-san, Hanako-san…are you there?”
Within Kamome Academy, rumors circulate about its Seven Mysteries, including the enigmatic Hanako-san. Allegedly situated in the third stall on the third floor of the girls’ bathroom in the aging school building, Hanako-san grants wishes when summoned. Nene Yashiro, an ardent enthusiast of the occult with dreams of romance, ventures into this haunted restroom. However, the Hanako-san she encounters is far from what she anticipated—a boy known as Hanako-san of Kamome Academy.
Aida initiated the manga’s serialization in Square Enix’s G Fantasy magazine in 2014, with the 18th compiled volume released on August 26. Yen Press published the 16th volume on October 4.