More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers is a popular Japanese manga series. A lot of fans from different parts of the world have been waiting for its release. This is created by Yūki Kanamaru who is best known for being an author & artist. Also, it has been serialized in the manga magazine called Young Ace of Kadokawa since 2018. This anime TV series adaptation will premiere in October of this year. There’s no official date yet but there are 8 volumes of manga available for all the fans out there to catch up with until then.
The Quick Overview of the Story
If you haven’t read the manga, More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers, you might be wondering what might be the whole story all about. Based on the manga by Yuki Kanamaru, the story focuses on the life of a third-year high school student named Jirō Yakuin.
Jirō hoped for being a partner with a popular student in the Couple Practical course, Shiori Sakurazaka. Students taking up this course should show that they possess the necessary skills and they are capable of living with a particular partner of the opposite sex. They are graded while being under video surveillance as they present themselves with a particular level of happiness and harmony as an individual.
However, Jirō gets saddled with his classmate named Akari Watanabe for a class project, marriage training, where they will be practicing as married couples. As the story continues to develop, you will find that Jirō is the complete opposite of Akari. But both of them know that if they will do their best, they will be able to switch their partners and be with the respective crushes that they always long to have.
So they reluctantly made a decision to work together and reach the top ten. Doing so will be the way that they will be given a chance to swap their partners if the other couple agrees. Hence, making their plan a complete success is the beginning of their search for true love and happiness.
If you happen to watch the announcement trailer for More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers, you can see the main characters and the exciting storyline being introduced.
The Main Cast of the Story
When you visit the website, you will also see the important details about the main cast. So here are the main characters of More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers.
Saori Oonishi as Akari Watanabe
Akari Watanabe is a gyaru and she becomes the partner of Jirō Yakuin when the school held a couple’s training activity. At the time, students are supposed to help themselves be exposed to the idea of how it is to live with a partner as they will have in the future when they get married. Akari has a little bit of a strong personality of being straightforward but the fact is that she doesn’t have much experience in a romantic relationship with anyone in the past.
Seiichiro Yamashita as Jirō Yakuin
Jirō Yakuin is the main protagonist in the story. During the couple’s training activity in school, he wants to be partnered with Shiori Sakurazaka who is his childhood friend and whom he has a crush on. However, he was paired with another girl named Akari Watanabe instead. So his goal is to switch partners with his classmate and get paired with the girl she always wants.
Saki Miyashita as Shiori Sakurazaka
Shiori Sakurazaka is a childhood friend of Jirō Yakuin. During the couple’s training activity, she was partnered with Minami Tenjin. Shiori obviously has special feelings for Jirō Yakuin but she is too shy to admit it and decided to keep it herself.
Toshiki Masuda as Minami Tenjin
Minami Tenjin is the partner of Shiori Sakurazaka during the couple’s training activity at school. The interesting about it is that Akari has a crush on him, but she doesn’t know that Minami also likes her back.
Leading Voice Actors
What do you think makes an anime character so memorable to the audience? You all know that there are a lot of things going on in creating different amazing anime characters. Creating and establishing one character is like a particular goal to reach but it is obviously built on many parts. You can see an artist constructing the characters and a writer building their personalities. But you should never forget those people who bring these characters to life. Here are the voice actors of the main characters of More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers below.
Saori plays the role of Akari Watanabe who is the partner of Jirō Yakuin when the school held a couple’s training activity. Saori is also known for different popular characters, such as Shikimori in “Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” and “Ais Wallenstein in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”
Seiichiro plays the role of Jirō Yakuin who is the main protagonist in the story. Seiichiro has been in this industry for many years and has been popular with various anime characters, as well, like Tooru Ishikawa in “Horimiya” and Kakeru Naruse in “Orange.”
Saki is the voice of Shiori Sakurazak in this manga series. You can also see her amazing talent as a voice actor in other anime. He played Miki Takekasa in “After School Dice Club” and “Siesta in The Detective Is Already Dead.”
Lastly, Toshiki is the voice behind the character Minami Tenjin who is the partner of Shiori Sakurazaka. If you don’t know him, Toshiki is also one of the great voice actors behind the success of other anime, such as “My Hero Academia,” “Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches,” and many others.
Meet The Staff
The staff behind the success of the production of this manga series to the public are as follows:
Chief Director: Takao Kato
Anime Director at Studio Mother: Junichi Yamamoto
Series Scripts In-Charge: Naruhisa Arakawa
Character Designer: Chizuru Kobayashi
Color Designer: Akira Nagasaki
Art Director: Naoko Akuzawa
Photography Director: Misato Takahata
Editor: Ichiro Chaen
Animation Production Company: Studio Mother
Many people may recognize the director, Junichi Yamamoto, for her other works, like Ninja Batman, Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen, and many others. Also, Naruhisa Arakawa handles the script and he is also popular for penning scripts for other anime, such as Dragon Ball Z and Spice and Wolf. Chizuru Kobayashi, as the character designer, was also part of the success of the series Pandora Hearts.
If you’re familiar with the anime Persona 4 The Animation and Fireworks, these are the masterpieces of Naoko Akuzawa, the art director of More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers.
One thing that makes it more exciting is the songs used for More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers. The opening song entitled “True Fool Love” was sung by Liyuu and the ending song was performed by Nowlu and these were used in this show. All of the fans will surely fall in love with the show even more with this amazing element added to it.
As a visual medium, anime is an art with a lot of different components, making it either a great success or a failure. But with the upcoming More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers, a lot of people from different parts of the world have been waiting for its release. It’s proof that this show will grab a great number of anime fans when it premiers in October.
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