Gather round, folks, because it’s time for the Shogi Hour!
Earlier today, a website opened its doors to announce that an anime adaptation of Shiratori Shirow and Shirabi’s Ryūō no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!). The site includes a teaser visual, as well as a list of cast and crew members attached to the project.
The image features lead character Yaichi Kuzuryū, flanked by the show’s three female leads. Shogi pieces tumble against a pink background behind them.
Shinsuke Yanagi (And you thought there is never a girl online?, Momo Kyun Sword) was tapped to direct the show at project No.9.
Eight roles were confirmed for the project. All eight actors will reprise their roles from a drama CD that was released along with the light novels.
- Yaichi Kuzuryū: Yūma Uchida
- Ai Hinazuru: Rina Hidaka
- Ai Yashajin: Ayane Sakura
- Ginko Sora: Hisako Kanemoto
- Keika Kiyotaki: Ai Kayano
- Mio Mizukoshi: Yurika Kubo
- Ayano Sadatō: Chinami Hashimoto
- Charlotte Izoard: Yui Ogura
Publisher Aquamarine will host a book at Comiket 92, which runs from August 11-13. The company will offer merchandise based on the upcoming adapatation.
For audiences outside of Japan, Bookwalker Global revealed that they licensed the original light novel series as their second exclusive. The first volume will be released in English this fall, via Bookwalker’s site.
Bookwalker describes Ryūō no Oshigoto! as:
The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done! (working title) is about a teenage boy named Yaichi Kuzuryuu who happens to be the strongest shogi player in history, holding the top title of “Ryuo” (Dragon King). One fateful day, shogi-loving elementary student, Ai Hinatsuru, appears before him claiming that he promised to be her master. But was such a promise really ever made? Thus began their master and disciple relationship!
Who can match their level of intensity and passion for shogi?
Shiratori Shirow and illustrator Shirabi’s Ryūō no Oshigoto! light novels made their debut in 2015, under SB Creative’s GA Bunko imprint. To date, four volumes have been released, with the fifty due to hit stores on Friday.
A manga adaptation of the title also launched in 2015, by Kazuki and illustrator Kogetaokoge. The series made its début in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine, and currently spans four compiled volumes. The fifth book will hit stores on Thursday.