Aniplex of America Licenses We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime

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Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the anime of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga and Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Both series will debut on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow on April 6. Aniplex of America also began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for We Never Learn: BOKUBEN.

Aniplex of America describes We Never Learn: BOKUBEN:

Nariyuki Yuiga is in his last and most painful year of high school. In order to gain the “special VIP recommendation” which would grant him a full scholarship to college, he must now tutor his classmates as they struggle to prepare for entrance exams.

Among his pupils are “the sleeping beauty of the literary forest,” Fumino Furuhashi, and “the Thumbelina supercomputer,” Rizu Ogata–two of the most beautiful super-geniuses at the school!

While these two were thought to be academically flawless, it turns out that they're completely clueless outside of their pet subjects…!?

As Nariyuki's life is turned upside down by these quirky girls who just never learn, he must do everything he can to get them accepted into college!

The stage is set for this romantic comedy featuring prodigies who never learn when it comes to studying and love!

<!–Previously revealed cast members include:

Ryota Ohsaka (Attack on Titan’s Marco Bodt, Ace of Diamond’s Eijun Sawamura) as Nariyuki Yuiga

Haruka Shiraishi (Himouto! Umaru-chan’s Kirie Motoba, Golden Kamuy’s Asirpa) as Fumino Furuhashi

Miyu Tomita (Made in Abyss’ Riko, Aikatsu Stars! Yume Nijino) as Rizu Ogata

Sayumi Suzushiro (Hi Score Girl’s Akira Ōno, Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai’s Kirie) as Uruka Takemoto

Madoka Asahina as Asumi Kominami

Lynn as Mafuyu Kirisu

–>The series will premiere on April 6. The show will air on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, and AT-X on April 6 at 24:30 (effectively April 7 at 12:30 a.m.), before airing later that night on MBS and on April 9 on TV Aichi.

Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair) is directing the anime at Studio Silver and Arvo Animation. Go Zappa (A Bridge to the Starry Skies, Beatless, Myself; Yourself) is in charge of series composition. Masakatsu Sasaki (Saki, Seiyu's Life!, A-Channel) is designing the characters. Additionally, Satoshi Motoyama (WorldEnd, Oreimo) is the sound director at Magic Capsule, and Masato Nakayama (You and Me., My Little Monster) is composing the music.

Tsutsui launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2017, and the 10th compiled book volume shipped on February 4. As of last May, the series has 1 million copies in print.

Viz Media previewed the first three chapters of the manga for free as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, and added the manga as a regular series for its digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump in April 2017.

Aniplex of America describes Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba:

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself.

<!–The show stars:

  • Natsuki Hanae as Tanjirō Kamado
  • Akari Kitō as Nezuko Kamado
  • Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu Agatsuma
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke Hashibira
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Giyū Tomioka
  • Houchu Ohtsuka as Sakonji Urokodaki
  • Yuuki Kaji as Sabito
  • Ai Kakuma as Makomo
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Genya
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Kagaya Ubuyashiki
  • Shiori Izawa as Guide (White-Haired)
  • Aoi Yūki as Guide (Black-Haired)
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Haganezuka
  • Takumi Yamazaki as Kasugaigarasu
  • Hikaru Midorikawa as Odō no Oni
  • Takehito Koyasu as Teoni

Viz Media is publishing the manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story:

Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality…

Ever since the death of his father, Tanjiro has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they’ve found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought… Thus begins Tanjiro’s request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.


Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria the X, Tales of Symphonia the Animation) is directing the anime at ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu). ufotable is also credited for the scripts. Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Tales of Zestiria the X) is the character designer, with Miyuki Sato, Yōko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi serving as sub-character designers. Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica) and Gō Shiina (Tales of Zestiria the X, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, God Eater) are composing the music. Hikaru Kondo is producing the series.

The theatrical version of the first five episodes of the television anime is titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Bonds of Siblings). This version began screening in 11 theaters in Japan for two weeks starting on March 29. Aniplex of America hosted the United States premiere of the theatrical version at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

The television anime will premiere on April 6 at 11:30 p.m., and will air on 20 total channels including Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and BS11.

The manga debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016, and Shueisha published the manga's 14th volume on January 4. The series is inspiring a four-panel spinoff manga by Ryōji Hirano (Bozebeats manga) titled Kimetsu no Aima!. Viz Media is publishing the main manga digitally and in print.

Update: We Never Learn: BOKUBEN video added.

Source: Press releases

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