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Funimation Unveils “First Love Monster” Dub Cast


Hatsukoi Monster Visual 001 - 20160513So, is the monster the first love, or…?

Last night, Funimation unveiled their Broadcast Dub cast for First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster). The series will star the following:

  • Kaho Nikaido: Bryn Apprill
  • Kanade Takahashi: Eric Vale
  • Atsushi Taga: Ian Sinclair
  • Ginjiro “Gin” Sannomiya: Chris Ryan
  • Tomu “Tom” Kaneko: Austin Tindle
  • Kota Shinohara: Chris Burnett
  • Kazuo “Kaz” Noguchi: Dallas Reid
  • Chiaki Yokouchi: Dawn M. Bennett
  • Renren: Aaron Roberts

Jerry Jewell is directing the adaptation. The dubbed stream hit FunimationNow’s premium service earlier today.

First Love Monster is 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.

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 is in charge of series composition. Go Sakabe compoised the soundtrack at Dax Production.

Funimation describes First Love Monster as:

High schooler Kaho Nikaido is having trouble adjusting to her new life in Tokyo. It doesn’t get any easier when she is nearly hit by a truck and saved by the handsome Kanade Takahashi! Infatuated with Kanade, she works up the courage to confess. But he warns that if Kaho learns who he is, she won’t want him. What could possibly keep her from this stud? Maybe the fact he’s a…fifth grader?!

Source: Funimation Blog

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