One of my favorite genres of anime that doesn’t get nearly enough love these days is adult workplace comedies such as Skull Faced Bookseller Honda-san, Servant x Service, or Wotakoi. Now we have details of another series joining these ranks with the upcoming anime adaptation of My Senpai is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi)! First announced to exist back in July 2020, it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything about this title, but on Friday, February 5th, a brand new key visual and staff announcement went live on the internet.
Originally a manga series created by Shiromanta, the anime adaptation will feature animation from Doga Kobo with Ryota Ito sitting in the director’s chair. Yoshimi Narita will compose the series composition while Jiko Abe will provide the anime’s character designs. Hiroaki Tsutsumi will compose the background music. Still no word on who will fill out the voice cast or when we’ll actually be seeing this series on our screens, but stay tuned to the J-List blog for more information as it is released to the public.
My Senpai is Annoying has been serialized in Comic POOL digital manga magazine since 2017. It has five collected volumes out in Japan as of July 2020. The series is being released in English by Seven Seas, who have put out three volumes so far as of November 2020. They describe the story as:
Igarashi is a hardworking young office lady. Takeda, the senpai above her at work, annoys her constantly–and yet she finds herself growing closer to him. Every day is filled with comic mishaps and romantic moments as Igarashi tries to balance work, life, and love. This full-color manga–which started its life as a webcomic–is sure to charm audiences of workplace comedies like Aggretsuko and The Office!
As previously mentioned, I’m a big fan of workplace comedies that feature adult characters and this one looks just plain cute and fun. I’m hopeful and optimistic that we’ll see this one before the end of 2021, but with the world still being a dumpster fire, it’s impossible to guarantee that. Let’s just hope that Japan can get this one out sooner rather than later.