Last week, an animated promotional video advertisement for a Yusuke Yamada’s light novel titled “Boku wa Robot Goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru (I fall in love with you through a robot” began streaming.
The video enlists the voices of Kana Hanazawa (Sengoku Nadeko from the Monogatari Series), Miyu Irino (Jintan from AnoHana), Hidenobu Kiuchi (Shokichi Komachi from Terraformars) and Nana Hayama (minor role in Eromanga-sensei).
The animation for the video was produced by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online). The character design was done by loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei) and the band “THE SxPLAY” (FFXIII theme song) performed the theme song. BALCOLONY (Madoka Magica) handled the graphic design.
The light novel is set in the year 2060 with the Tokyo Olympic Games around the corner. While a secret project involving robots moves forward, a notice of a terrorist attack arrives. The protagonist combats terrorism and aims to protect the heroine he has devoted his heart to. Plot twists come, one after the other, to a moving conclusion.
Upon watching the promotional video, the only thing I had in mine was that this kind of story warrants an anime adaptation. It reminded me of the anime series Zankyou no Terror but, in this novel’s case, the view-point is from a civilian or government perspective. Something that we have not seen yet in an anime.
There was also some sort of dilemma presented in the promotional video in regards to which focus should the protagonist go for: the terrorist threat which he is obliged to combat or ensure the safety of a girl that has captured his heart?
For me, I believe it is an interesting premise for a new anime adaptation and, if done right, could be labeled as one of the best (if the implied story in the promotional video is what’s in the novel).
Unique stories have been coming from light novels as of late and the materials needed for anime adaptations is in abundance – just a question of whether the original material deserves it or not. This light novel, on the other hand, shows a significant amount of promise and I would likely view it if it were adapted into anime.
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