An adventure anime story that will bring the magical fantasy to life is coming in 2020 in the presence of Somali and the Forest Spirit. I am seriously excited for this anime since I am a big fan of fantasy-adventure genre in anime and I could feel the same vibes reverberating in its plot with some of my personal favorite anime – Made in Abyss, Castle in the Sky, Origin: Spirit of the Past, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Children of the Whales – all have very interesting world-setting that could spice up the excitement even more.
In this post, I will share some information about it that I believed each of us wants to learn before adding the show in our own watchlist. These details will include the following:
Overview about Somali and the Forest Spirit
Cast & Staff
Trailers & Posters
Anime with similar stories
Let’s start our discussion with a short glimpse at the background of the anime, it’s source material, and other media adaptation.
Table of Contents
The upcoming Somali and the Forest Spirit anime or originally titled as Somari to Mori no Kamisama is based on Japanese fantasy manga of the same name by author Yako Gureishi. The manga was serialized online in Tokuma Shoten’s online manga magazine Web Comic Zenyon since April of 2015.
“Somari to Mori no Kamisama” Manga Cover
The announcement that the manga is getting an anime adaptation had been made on March 22, 2019, and was originally scheduled for release in October 2019. However, it was pushed back for the 2020 release.
Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime Poster
The world is ruled by spirits, goblins, and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair, one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together and of the bond between father and daughter.
Based on its synopsis, I personally believed that Somali and the Forest Spirit could be a good anime to follow and an opener for 2020 anime lineup. It’s a story with spirits, goblins, and strange magical creatures that really sounds interesting despite how cliché it may sound. The plot really promises so much, and this is the type of story that I always fell for so I have this anime sits atop my personal watchlist from the winter 2020 anime season.
If the plot has made you fired up and captivated your attention, then the next question that may come into your mind is probably this one – when is the release of Somali and the Forest Spirit anime adaptation? Obviously, this is one of the most important things that we should know so we could make our calendar and watch out for it. And the answer to that question is pretty easy – the anime is slated to premiere on January 10, 2020, on Abema TV, Tokyo MX, and BS-NTV.
CAST & STAFF
Somali and the Forest Spirit Key Visual
Somali and the Forest Spirit have a set of very interesting characters and they are mostly spirits, and non-human creatures so I am definitely wanting to learn more about them, and it simply gets me hyped up to meet them soon. These characters will be voiced by the following cast members:
Inori Minase as Somali
Daisuke Ono as Golem
Hiroki Nanami as Shizuno
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Yabashira
Saori Hayami as Uzoi
Yuuki Ono as Haitora
Yuu Kobayashi as Kikila
Rie Shibata as Rosa-obasan
Show Hayami as Musurika
Tomkazu Seki as Kokilira
Ai Kayano as Hazel
Ayahi Takagaki as Praline
The anime adaptation also listed the following among its staff members:
Director: Kenji Yasuda
Series Composition: Mariko Mochizuki
Music: Ryo Yoshimata
Studio: Satelight, HORNETS
Opening Theme Song: Arigatou wa Kocchi no Kotoba by Naotarou Moriyama
Ending Theme Song: Kokoro Somali by Inori Minase
TRAILERS & POSTERS
Here are the various PVs, trailers and key visuals for Somali & the Forest Spirit:
Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime Adaptation
Trailer & PVs
SIMILAR ANIME & STORIES
I think it is amazing to have some kind of pattern or model to see where the story of Somali and the Forest Spirit align so we could properly decide if you would like to add it to your watchlist. On my end, I am sincerely captured by it because I felt like I could see the fantastic atmosphere and some elements of the following anime series & movies in it:
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Origin: Spirit of the Past
Made in Abyss
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Children of the Whales
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
I have also listed the top 10 anime like Somali & the Forest Spirit on a separate post as follows:
I hope these details will make you excited and look forward to Somali and the Forest Spirit in the same way as I do. Well, 2020 is almost here and it’s always good to prepare our watchlist in advance and manage it accordingly. Nonetheless, Somali and the Forest Spirit will be among the anime that I have devoted myself to watch it through the end no matter what its reception would be when it finally premiered.
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