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“To Be Hero” Anime In The Works, On Track For 10/2016 Debut

This time, the world’s savior isn’t a bald man with a powerful punch, nor is it an academy of super-powered teens. It’s… a sloppy dude who makes toilet seats.

Wait… am I reading this right?

Earlier today, animation studio Haoliners announced that they’re working an original short-form anime series. The show, titled To Be Hero, will debut on Tokyo MX on October 5, at 18:30 (6:30PM) local time. The series will be paired with another Haoliners series, titled Cheating Craft.

A teaser site for the series opened its doors with the first details and visual.

To Be Hero Visual 001 - 20160906

To Be Hero will revolve around an unkempt, underachieving middle-aged man, known only as Oyaji. Oyaji has seen his marriage fall apart, ending in divorce. He lives with his daughter Min, a girl who can only be described as “hyper competent,” as he ekes out a living designing toilet seats. One day, a portal opens in one of the toilet seats, pulling Oyaji through. He’s granted superhuman powers (not to mention a “handsome guy” makeover), and tasked with ensuring the safety of the planet.

Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe (Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers) will serve as the supervising director on the project. The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Ossan: Kenjiro Tsuda
  • Min: Mao Tsukino
  • Yamada-san: Takeshi Maeda

Visuals for the characters, as well as Ooji, whose casting is still unknown, were released to promote the series. You can check these out below:

Left to right: Min, Ooji, & Yamada-san
Left to right: Min, Ooji, & Yamada-san

Source: Ota-suke

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