Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (Roshidere) anime reportedly in production

Roshidere Volume 2 cover.
Roshidere Volume 2 cover, featuring Alisa. Pic credit: @shonenleaks/Twitter

On October 28, 2022, a reliable anime news leaker @shonenleaks revealed that SunSunSun (story) and Momoco’s (illustrations) rom-com light novel series Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (Tokidoki Bosotto Roshiago de Dereru Tonari no Aarya-san, Roshidere) is allegedly inspiring an anime adaptation!

In 2022, Roshidere ranked ninth in Takarajimasha’s annual light novel guidebook Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! in the bunkobon category, and 5th place overall among the other new light novel series. Roshidere has 500,000 copies in circulation as of April 2022!

What is the plot of Roshidere?

The story centers on Alisa Mikhailovna Kujo, who is a high school student attending the private school Seirei Gakuen. With Alisa’s unique silver hair she definitely turns heads. Seated next to Alisa in class is Masachika Kuze, who is an unmotivated student who likes to sleep at school and is a bit of a complainer.

All of Masachika’s classmates envy him for getting to sit next to the most beautiful girl in their class, but Masachika could careless. Although, sometimes Alisa says sweet things to him in Russian, unaware that he happens to understand every single word. Why is this? Masachika’s grandfather was a lover of all things Russian and taught Masachika the basics of the language.

Who are the main characters?

Full-sized Roshidere Volume 2 cover, featuring Alisa in her high school uniform.
Full-sized Roshidere Volume 2 cover, featuring Alisa in her high school uniform. Pic credit: @shonenleaks/Twitter

Roshidere’s main characters include:

  • Masachika Kuze – first-year high school students, who secretly understands Russian.
  • Alisa Mikhailovna Kujou – first-year high school student that is very talented and popular.
  • Yuki Suo – first-year high school student, Masachika’s sister, and student council member. She has a diplomatic role in public relations. Yuki’s family is a noble one that has had the role of diplomat for generations.
  • Maria Mikhailovna Kujou – second-year student, and student council secretary. Maria’s nickname is “Masha” and she is Alisa’s sister.

Where can I read the light novel series and the manga adaptation?

Roshidere light novel volume 3 cover, featuring Alisa in date clothes.
Roshidere light novel volume 3 cover, featuring Alisa in date clothes. Pic credit: @shonenleaks/Twitter

In June 2020, SunSunSun received an invitation from Kadokawa Sneaker Bomb to publish her work that had first appeared as two short stories on Shousetsuka ni Narou. On December 22, 2022, Kadokawa Shoten announced the story would be published under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint after being adapted as a series.

The title Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian was the title for one of the two short stories originally. On March 1, 2021, the first volume was published. The light novel’s English version was licensed by Yen Press for release in North America.

On October 29, 2022, a manga adaptation with illustrations by Saho Tenmachi began serialization in Kodansha’s Magazine Pocket website and app.

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