Months ago I reported on the fact that the popular Japanese webcomic turned franchise Tonari no 801-chan, about a hardcore fujoshi and her otaku boyfriend, was getting an anime and later that the anime was getting scrapped. Well now it is back in the form of a 90-second opening-only anime titled Tonari no 801-chan R to be released with volume 4 of the published manga, a follow-up to the Drama CD released previously.
This opening special will be directed by Yamamoto Yutaka, the director of Kannagi who had also previously worked on Haruhi and Lucky Star (before getting fired), and is the modern father of the Dance Op/Ed. It will also have an opening composition by A-bee, who worked on songs for Lucky Star and Keroro Gunsou. As for the singer, why that will be for Nico Nico Douga to decide, because they are holding an online audition to be the singer OF the 801-chan opening.
The test song is the third Yawara Opening, “Makeruna Onna no Ko,” and you can download the song here and then upload them here, provided you have a Nico Nico Douga account. They are looking for female singers, though if you’re a guy with a feminine voice then you also have a chance. The audition schedule is available but in Japanese, so I’ve provided a translation.
All times are in Japan time. Check to see how it translates to your own time zone.
6/19 13:00 – Open for Auditions
7/6 00:00 – Closed for Auditions
7/9 21:00 – Preliminary Results, as Chosen by Nico Users!
7/16 21:00 – Decision-Making Process LIVE
After that, the vocalist will be decided and recording will begin on 7/20.
Who knows? Maybe someone outside of Japan could land the role. I’d look forward to that.
If you’re curious to check out the 801-chan comic, keep in mind that it is still a free webcomic and that provided you understand Japanese you can read it on the official website.
This takes me back to the time when they announced the first Genshiken drama CD with Mizuhashi Kaori as Ogiue, followed by the release of the OVAs and then Genshiken 2. While I’m not quite as excited for 801-chan as I am for Ogiue (this is not 801-chan Maniax after all), I still really hope this does well.