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Cats Go to Work in Hataraku Oniisan! Anime

These cats can do everything but play the keyboard.

Yesterday, the Good Smile Company announced that they’re working on a new anime project. The new series, titled Hataraku Oniisan! (Working Buddies!), will be a series of five-minute shorts that will hit Japanese TV in January. A trailer and visual, along with the staff, cast, and broadcast details were unveiled. We break the details down below.

Promo Video

The 30-second trailer introduces the major cast members, as Kentarō Tomita and Takuya Mizoguchi provide narration.

A 15-second TV spot was also released, which you can check out below.

Key Visual

The visual shows Tapio and Kuehiko, along with numerous other characters as they stand outside in the street of their town.


Tomoya Takashima (Kagewani, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories ) was tapped to direct the project at Tomovies, with Haruka Oda providing character designs. Hiromu Kumamoto (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, SENGOKUCHOJYUGIGA) is in charge of series composition.

R.O.N. will score the show’s soundtrack. DearDream, an in-show idol group, will perform the title’s opening theme song.


The series will star the following:

  • Tapio Chatorazawa: Kentarō Tomita
  • Kuehiko Roshihara: Takuya Mizoguchi
  • The Animal With the Ineffable Name: Tomokazu Sugita

Visuals for each character were also revealed, which you can check out below.

Broadcast details

Hataraku Oniisan! will air on the following networks:

  • Tokyo MX: 1/5/2018 at 21:54 (1/5/2018 at 9:54PM)
  • BS Fuji: 1/9/2018 at 23:55 (1/9/2018 11:55PM)

Source: Animate Times

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