Sentai Filmworks Licenses Ayumu Make Hi Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto’s When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime for the summer 2022 anime season. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video at a later date.

Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to When Will Ayumu Make His Move?, the adorable new comedy anime series from the creator of Teasing Master Takagi-san. Sentai will premiere the series exclusively on HIDIVE, its direct-to-consumer streaming service, during the Summer 2022 simulcast season.

Ayumi Tanaka just fell in love at first sight with Urushi Yaotome, the head of the illegitimate Shogi Club, and joined the Shogi Club! But Ayumu has vowed not to confess his feelings until he can best Urushi, and he has a long way to go before he can stand up to her strategic brilliance. As Ayumu strives to beat his crush and confess, love becomes a battlefield both on and off the shogi board while audiences wonder, “When will Ayumu make his move!?” When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is created by Soichiro Yamamoto, whose beloved work Teasing Master Takagi-san delighted audience with its adorable main characters and heartwarming premise. When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is animated by SILVER LINK. (Non Non Biyori, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, Kokoro Connect) and directed by Mirai Minato (BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, The Misfit of Demon King Academy). Akao Deko (Gintama Season 4, Noragami, Komi Can’t Communicate) provides series composition.

The series stars Yohei Azakami (The Aquatope on White Sand) as Ayumu Tanaka and Kanna Nakamura (Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (ONA)) as Urushi Yaotome.

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The anime will premiere on TBS on July 7 and on BS-TBS on July 9.

Kodansha USA Publishing publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: The new will they-won’t they romance from the creator of Teasing Master Takagi-san is here! Ayumu is in love with his senpai Yaotome, but he’s sworn not to confess his feelings until he can beat her at the board game shogi… The problem is, his love is obvious to Yaotome, and she can’t stop trying to trick him into breaking his vow! Fall in love again, fans of Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, Komi Can’t Communicate, and Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie!
The anime stars:

Yōhei Azakami as Ayumu Tanaka
Kanna Nakamura as Urushi Yaotome
Tsubasa Gouden as Takeru Kakuryu
Hina Yomiya as Mikage Sakurako
Haruna Mikawa as Rin Kagawa
Kana Hanazawa as Maki

Mirai Minato (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, BOFURI) is directing the anime at SILVER LINK. Deko Akao (Pokémon: Journeys, Noragami) is in charge of the series scripts. Kazuya Hirata (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, BOFURI) is designing the characters. The character Maki’s voice actress Kana Hanazawa performs the opening theme song Kakehiki wa Poker Face (The Tactic Is a Poker Face), while the character Urushi Yaotome (as voiced by Kanna Nakamura) performs the ending theme song 50 Centi (50 cm).

Yamamoto (Teasing Master Takagi-san) launched the series in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2019. The manga commemorates Weekly Shōnen Magazine’s 60th anniversary.