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Crunchyroll to Stream Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” Anime


It looks like this izakaya’s flying an orange banner this year.

Earlier today, the official Otherwordly Izakaya ~Ancient Capital Aitheria Izakaya Nobu~ (Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu) anime’s official Twitter account announced that the series will hit Japanese TV worldwide on April 13. The series will be offered on the following digital platforms:

  • Crunchyroll (All Regions Outside of Asia and Japan)
  • Bandai Channel (Japan)
  • Abema TV (Japan)
  • Actvila (Japan)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Japan)
  • Anime Hōdai (Japan)
  • DMM.com (Japan)
  • Google Play (Japan)
  • GYAO! (Japan)
  • HAPPY! Douga (Japan)
  • Hikari TV (Japan)
  • Music.jp (Japan)
  • NicoNico Video (Japan)
  • Rakuten TV (Japan)
  • Tsutaya TV (Japan)
  • U-NEXT (Japan)
  • Video Market (Japan)
  • bilibili (Asia)

In addition, a side series, titled Nobu+, is being produced. The segments will be live-action pieces that star famed chef Ryuta Kijima and TV personality Kenichi Nagira.

Katsumi Ono (Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V) was tapped to direct the project at Sunrise, with Mariko Ito (Anonymous Noise, Log Horizon) providing character designs. Shin Yoshida (Speed Grapher, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s) is in charge of series composition.

Musical trio Clammbon will score the show’s soundtrack. The group will also perform opening theme song Prosit!.

The series will star the following:

  • Nobuyuki “Nobu” Yazawa: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Shinobu Senke: Suzuko Mimori
  • Hans: Atsushi Abe
  • Nikolaus: Showtaro Morikubo
  • Berthold: Katsuyuki Konishi

Sunrise describes the series as:

Isekai Izakaya
Japanese food from another world
Izakaya “Nobu” is a modest establishment, staffed by only two people: master, Nobuyuki Yazawa, and server, Shinobu Senke.

Despite its humble appearance, its entrance is mysteriously connected to an ancient city from another world: “Aitheria.” Nobu’s patrons consist of lazy palace guards, incognito clergymen, and the Waterworks Guildmaster – certainly not your average clientele!

But once they enter Nobu’s doors, they are greeted with the finest alcohol they’ve ever tasted and dishes the likes of which they’ve never seen. With the food plentiful and the drinks flowing, the patrons leave their troubles at the door as they call:

“Give me a cold ale, master!”

“Welcome!”

“Evenin'”

Natsuya Semikawa launched Isekai Izakaya “Nobu” in 2012, on the “Shōsetsu-ka ni Narou” (“Let’s Be Novelists”) web platform. The series won the site’s “Ni Narou Con Taishō” contest, before being picked up by publisher Takarajimasha.

The series made its print début in 2014 under Takarajimasha’s imprint. For the print release, artist Kururi was brought on to provide illustrations. The title currently spans four volumes, with the most recent hitting stores in December 2015.

An ongoing manga adaptation by Virginia Nitōhei launched in the pages of Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine in July 2015, and currently spans three collected volumes. At 2017’s Comic Con International, publisher Udon Entertainment announced that they licensed the manga, and plan to start releasing in English this year.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll, Anime News Network

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