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Earlier today, the official Shinya! Tensai Bakabon (Late Night! Tensai Bakabon) anime website updated with a new trailer and visual. We break the details down below.


The 39-second promo introduces the major characters through snippets of animation and dialogue. The promo ends with a confirmation that the series will air in July.

Key Visual

The visual is a surreal mash-up that features the major characters doing… can I call this “main character stuff”? Anyway, it’s set against a stylized city skyline.

Shinya! Tensai Bakabon Key Visual

Shinya! Tensai Bakabon will hit Japanese TV in July, taking up a late-night slot.

Shinya! Tensai Bakabon Key VisualToru Hosokawa (Baka Mukashi Banashi Gekijōban ~Jijii Wars~, Polar Bear’s Cafe) was tapped to pull double duty at Pierrot+, working as director and taking charge of series composition for the project. Takashi Yamamoto will serve as assistant director. Takaaki Wada is providing character designs for the project.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
  • Music Production: Avex Pictures

The series will star the following:

  • Bakabon: Miyu Irino
  • Bakabon’s Father: Arata Furuta
  • Bakabon’s Mother: Noriko Hidaka
  • Hajime: Ai Nonaka
  • Rerere no Ojisan: Akira Ishida
  • Honkan: Toshiyuki Morikawa
  • Unagi-Inu: Takahiro Sakurai

The late Fujio Akatsuka’s Tensai Bakabon manga kicked off in 1967, in the pages of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The series ran through 1976, spanning 38 collected volumes. The title spawned four anime TV series, as well as a 2015 anime film and a 2016 live-action TV series.

Akatsuka passed away due to esophageal cancer in 2008. He was 72.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Ota-suke

Update: 5/15/2018 at 11:26PM EDT: We previously reported that Noriko Hidaka will play Bakabon’s mother. Our redundant reporting has been removed.