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Slice of life manga 'Kotarō Lives Alone' is inspiring a Netflix anime adaptation in 2022

Written by: Nicole Castro

Published on: September 24, 2021 at 13:01 PHT (GMT+8)

Manga author Mami Tsumura has announced on Twitter that her series Kotarō Lives Alone (Romaji: Kotarō wa Hitori Gurashi) is inspiring an anime adaptation on Netflix, scheduled to air worldwide in the Spring of 2022.

The anime adaptation features voice actors Rie Kugimiya (釘宮 理恵) as Kotarō and Toshiki Masuda (増田俊樹) as Kano. It will be directed by Tomoe Makino, who also worked on the mystery anime Woodpecker Detective's Office (啄木鳥探偵處, Kitsutsuki Tantei-dokoro).


  • Original work: Mami Tsumura (Big Comic Superior / published by Shogakukan)

  • Director: Tomoe Makino

  • Character design: Tomomi Kimura

  • Composition: Hiroshi Sato

About Kotarō Lives Alone (from Wikipedia)

Kotarō wa Hitori Gurashi (コタローは1人暮らし, "Kotaro Lives Alone") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mami Tsumura. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Big Comic Superior since March 2015. A Japanese television drama adaptation aired on TV Asahi from April to July 2021, and an original net animation (ONA) anime adaptation by LIDENFILMS will be released worldwide on Netflix in 2022.


Liden Films, Inc. (株式会社ライデンフィルム, stylized as LIDENFILMS) is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise headquartered in Kamiogi, Suginami, Tokyo, and has animation studios in Kyoto and Osaka. Some of their popular recent works include Cells at Work! Code Black, Tokyo Revengers, "Deji" Meets Girl, Build Divide -#00000 (Code Black)-, and Saiyuki Reload: Zeroin.

Synopsis from MAL:

Kotarou, a mysterious 4-year-old, begins living in an apartment on his own. For some reason, he's perfectly capable of taking care of himself, despite the concerns of his neighbors.


Source: Kotarō Lives Alone official Twitter, official website, Comic Natalie

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