The release date for the upcoming anime ‘Komi Can’t Communicate’ has been confirmed by Netflix, who are opting for another weekly release broadcast!
Over the past several years, Netflix has become a major player in the anime streaming industry.
However, the biggest criticism of the platform’s anime content is that fans often have to wait until the entire series has concluded its domestic broadcast in Japan before releasing worldwide on the streaming service.
Now, it looks like Netflix are moving towards simulcasting anime content, with the recent announcement that their upcoming series, Komi Can’t Communicate, will air new episodes weekly.
What is Komi Can’t Communicate?
The Komi Can’t Communicate anime is an adaptation of the manga series of the same name by Tomohito Oda.
The series is centred around two high school students, Komi Shouko and Tadano Hitohito. On her first day at the elite Itan Private High School, Komi immediately becomes one of the most popular girls in class thanks to her “stoic beauty and refined elegance.”
However, it becomes obvious to Tadano, the student sitting next to her, that Komi has some issues communicating with others. Tadano has always benefited from being able to read peoples emotions and sets a goal of finding Komi 100 new friends.
“Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!” – Synopsis, via Anime News Network.
Komi Can’t Communicate: Release date on Netflix
Komi Can’t Communicate will premiere via Netflix on Thursday, October 21st, after which new episodes of the anime will release weekly through the streaming platform.
The series will first start its domestic broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 7th, meaning that Netflix’s release schedule is technically not classed as a ‘simulcast’ like similar titles on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
However, the decision to opt for a weekly episodic release schedule is not something that expectant fans will complain about.
Interestingly, Netflix will also showcase the Blue Period anime series through weekly releases. This indicates that the streaming giant has its eyes firmly set on the anime streaming industry and could become the third major player in the simulcast-space.
Who is producing the anime series?
The Komi Can’t Communicate anime adaptation is being produced by Japanese animation and film studio OLM Inc, formerly known as the Oriental Light and Magic.
The studio is most famous for being behind the Pokémon television series, producing more than 1,100 episodes and multiple feature-length movies – the similarities with Komi Can’t Communicate’s art style can’t be ignored!
The studio has also worked on titles such as Berserk, Major 2nd, Cardfight Vanguard and Odd Taxi.
Meet the voice cast…
The two leading roles in Komi Can’t Communicate, Komi and Tadano, will be voiced by Aoi Koga and Gakuto Kajiwara.
Koga is a veteran of anime voice acting and fans will likely recognise her from such roles as Aki Shino from Remake Our Lives, Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-sama Love is War and Sora Kaneshiro from Angels 3Piece.
Gakuto is another heavyweight of the anime industry, who most famously voices Asta in Black Clover and Shinra Kusakabe in Fire Force. However, he has also featured in the likes of Shadowverse, Haikyu, Fruits Basket and Rent-A-Girlfriend.
Other cast members for Komi Can’t Communicate includes:
- Rie Murakawa as Najimi Osana
- Rina Hidaka as Ren Yamai
- Rumi Okubo as Omoharu Nakanaka
- Yukiyo Fujii as Himiko Agari
- Ami Maeshima as Makeru Yadano
- Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Akako Onigashima
- Kenji Akabane as Shigeo Chiarai
- Yuga Sato as Taisei Sonoda
- Kensho Ono as Mono Shinobino
- Junya Enoki as Shо̄suke Komi
- Maaya Uchida as Hitomi Tadano
This article will be updated with more information on Komi Can’t Communicate as we move closer towards the Netflix premiere.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]