Skip and Loafer anime creator, director, character designer, voice actor, and actress discuss the new project

Voice actress TomoKurosawa, below her Mitsu Iwakura, who she will be playing. Voice actor Akinori Egoshi, below Sosuke Shima, who he will be playing.
Voice actress TomoKurosawa, below her Mitsu Iwakura, who she will be playing. Voice actor Akinori Egoshi, below Sosuke Shima, who he will be playing. Pic credit: @skip-and-loafer.com

On June 21, 2022, the official website for the television anime adaptation of Misaki’s Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer (Skip to Loafer) manga by P.A. Works revealed a trailer, main cast, staff and character designs. Voice actress Tomoyo Kurosawa will play Mitsumi and voice actor Akinori Egoshi will play Sosuke.

Directing the anime series and handling series composition is Kotomi Deai (Natsumi’s Book of Friends) at P.A. Works. Manami Umehita (Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3) is in charge of character design and will also serve as animation director. Composing the music is Takatsugu Wakabayashi (Dragonar Academy).

The story centers on Mitsumi and her interactions with people that think different from her, which makes for a very interesting story. We want this anime adaptation to stay true to the original and will have comedic moments. We are striving to make a slice-of-life anime that you will find relaxing, so please look forward to it!

Director Kotomi Deai commented at the official Skip and Loafer website.

The anime adaptation Skip and Loafer is inspired by the slice-of-life rom-com Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Misaki Takamatsu. Since August 2018, the manga has been serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine and the manga’s chapters have been compiled into 7 volumes. Seven Seas Entertainment has released the English version of the manga digitally and in print.

Thank you for the anime adaptation of Skip and Loafer! I will be involved with the production, but I feel confident that the production team is working very hard to stay true to my original vision and it will turn out great. I’m looking forward to it!

Mangaka/author/illustrator Misaki Takamatsu commented on the official Skip and Loafer website

I think everyone has experienced clashing with people who share different values than them, whether in school or in society. We hope that our viewers will enjoy Mitsumi’s journey as she strives to connect with the people around her.

Character designer/Animation director Manami Umeshita commented at the official Skip and Loafer website
TVアニメ「スキップとローファー」特報映像
The official trailer for the upcoming anime adaptation of Skip and Loafer.

What is the plot of Skip and Loafer?

The story centers on an excellent student named Iwakura Mistumi, who has always dreamt about leaving her small town and going to a prestigious university so that she can make something of her life, and also make a positive change in the world while she’s at it. When Iwakura begins to attend high school in Tokyo she realizes that she wasn’t prepared for how different her life would be in a big city and at first finds everything to be overwhelming.

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Luckily, things begin to look up when she manages to befriend a handsome classmate named Shima Sousuke, who is as laid-back as she is over-prepared. Can a naïve “Country Girl” like Iwakura make it big in Tokyo with Sousuke by her side? And what will happen when Iwakura starts to develop feelings for Sousuke?

Character designs for Skip and Loafer.
Character designs for Skip and Loafer. Pic credit: @skip-and-loafer.com

I will play Mitsumi Iwakura in the upcoming anime adaptation of Slip and Loafer. The work environment for sound production of Skip and Loafer is great. I’m impressed by Director Deai’s skill in bringing this manga world to life. I am challenging myself to bring the best Mitsumi to viewers, so please look forward to it!

Voice actress Tomoyo Kurosawa commented on the official Skip and Loafer website

I will play Sousuke Shima. The manga has an interesting way of expressing the varying feelings found in people’s hearts. I have read the manga repeatedly and it really resonates with me. I’m swinging back and forth between being nervous and being elated to be a part of this production. I will do my best and am proud to be a part of this wonderful project!

Voice actor Akinori Egoshi commented on the official Skip and Loafer website

A great comedic rom-com geared for male readers

In 2020, Skip and Loafer tied with Ranking of Kings for ranking 7th place in the Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing) list of best manga for the year for male readers.  In 2021, the series ranked 46th place on the Book of the Year ranking list by Da Vinci Magazine in Japan.

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In 2020, Skip and Loafer was nominated for the 13th Manga Taisho award and placed 3rd with 58 points. In 2020, Skip and Loafer was nominated for the 44th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category in 2020, and in 2022, was nominated for the 46th edition in the same category. In 2020, Skip and Loafer was one of the Jury Recommended Works at the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival.

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