This is a show for all the shota fans out there.

Earlier today, the official Hatsukoi Monster (First Love Monster) anime website updated with several cast and crew announcements.

The series will be directed by Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario + Vampire, Sky Wizards Academy) is directing the project at Studio DEEN, with Mariko Oka (Hell Girl, Hetalia The Beautiful World) providing character designs. The team of Deko Akao, Sayuri Ooba, and Takashi Aoshima will take charge of series composition. Go Sakabe will compose the soundtrack at Dax Production.

Aoi Shota will perform the show’s opening song, which has yet to be unveiled.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Kaho Nikaidou: Yui Horie
  • Kanade Takahashi: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Tomu Kaneko: Morikubo Showtaro
  • Ginjiro Sannomiya: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Kazuo Noguchi: Ayumu Murase
  • Kouta Shinohara: Nobuhiko Okamoto
  • Atsushi Taga: Kaito Ishikawa
  • Jouji Takahashi: Kenichi Suzumura
  • Arashi Nagasawa: Kenjiro Tsuda
  • Daikoku Nikaidou: Hikaru Midorikawa

In addition to the cast and crew news, a new visual was released to promote the project.

Hatsukoi Monster Visual 001 - 20160513

Hatsukoi Monster will hit Japanese TV this July.

The Hatsukoi Monster will be based on Akira Hiyoshimaru’s manga of the same name. The ongoing series began its run in the pages of Kodansha’s Aria magazine in March 2013. Five compiled volumes have been released to date, with the most recent hitting on July 7, 2016. Volume 6 has a street date of May 13.

Yen Press currently holds the rights to theĀ Hatsukoi Monster manga, which they release under the title First Love Monster. The company describes the title as:

When you find out who I really am…if you can still say you like me, then I’ll be your boyfriend.

When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in Tokyo, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and boldly confesses her feelings. The handsome object of Kaho’s affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short lived when it turns out that her new boyfriend…is a fifth grader?!

Source: Comic Natalie