Sasaki and Miyano is a pleasant new shojo anime for Winter 2022. Right here’s every thing you’ll want to learn about it.
The 13-episode sequence that premiered on Jan. 9 is an adaptation of Shou Harusono’s ongoing yaoi slice of life manga of the identical identify. Serialized on-line since 2016, in pixiv Comedian, the shojo manga has amassed eight volumes to date, revealed in English by Yen Press. In 2019, Harusono started writing a spin-off manga targeted on facet characters Hirano and Kagiura — titled Hirano and Kagiura. Each Sasaki and Miyano and its spin-off manga have obtained novelizations.
Yen Press’s official synopsis describes the playful premise of the boys’ love sequence a few boy who loves boys’ love however doesn’t notice he additionally loves boys:
It began like a typical old-school boys’ love plotline — bad-boy senior meets adorably awkward underclassman, one among them falls in love, and so forth and so forth. However though Miyano is a self-proclaimed boys’ love skilled, he hasn’t fairly realized…he’s in a single himself. Which suggests it’s as much as Sasaki to verify their story has a fortunately ever after…!
So, for those who like BL, know the distinction between yaoi and shounen-ai, or simply wish to watch cute boys discover their first relationship collectively in a lovingly animated means, then make sure to test the primary episode of Sasaki and Miyano out.
The prolific Studio Deen, identified for classics like Patlabor: The Film, Patlabor: Early Days, and 07-Ghost, animated the variation of Sasaki and Miyano. The studio has made plenty of more moderen common and lighthearted sequence like Sakura Trick and Hetalia.
Shinji Ishihara of Fairy Tail, Log Horizon, and the yaoi Tremendous Lovers is co-directing the sequence alongside Takehiro Ueno. Yoshiko Nakamura, one other Tremendous Lovers vet, is the sequence’ composer, whereas Maki Fujii (I’ve All the time Preferred You) is liable for the trendy character designs.
Yusuke Shirai voices the titular Sasaki alongside voice actor and singer Sōma Saitō as Miyano. Collectively, the 2 carry out the present’s ending theme, “Ichigo Sundown.”
Why you must watch
Funimation has by no means been identified for his or her BL content material, although the platform did notably choose up The Stranger by the Shore movie final 12 months. The service additionally streamed and dubbed Adachi and Shimamura, a yuri anime that felt like queerbait with how reserved and confused its important characters remained all through the 12-episode season.
However in simply the primary episode of Sasaki and Miyano, Sasaki requested Miyano out (nevertheless, noncommittally, he might have performed it off). Whereas each boys have to come back to a brand new understanding of their sexuality alongside their new crush, each are trustworthy about what they’re feeling — and I can’t wait to see them stumble by their feels collectively.
Others are excited too. The sequence’ debuted at #16 on MyAnimeList’s High Airing Anime chart. Whereas BL followers on Twitter have been sharing screenshots of every new character design and each little signal of affection between the 2, the most typical level of enthusiasm is … how tall Sasaki is.
How one can watch
Sasaki and Miyano is streaming on Funimation with English, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. You should utilize Funimation in your browser, or obtain the Funimation App for Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and Roku in your telephone, pill, or TV. The Funimation App can also be accessible on good TVs made by Samsung, LG, and Sony and might be downloaded on consoles from the Xbox Retailer and PlayStation Retailer. Funimation is obtainable in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Brazil.
New episodes will premiere on Sundays.