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Sanrio Boys
Cover of the first manga volume
(Sanrio Danshi)
GenreSlice of Life
Sanrio Danshi: Oretachi, Seishun, Hajimemashita. and Sanrio Danshi: Oretachi, Koi, Hajimemashita.
Written byMai Andō
Published byShogakukan
MagazineManga One
Shōjo Comic
Original run2016 – present
Sanrio Danshi: Watashi, Koi wo, Shirimashita
GenreVisual Novel
PlatformAndroid, iOS
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2016
Anime television series
Directed byMasashi Kudō
Written byTakashi Aoshima
Music byJunpei Fujita
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, TVh, TVQ, AT-X
Original run January 6, 2018 March 24, 2018
Episodes12[2] (List of episodes)
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Sanrio Boys (サンリオ男子, Sanrio Danshi) is a Japanese media franchise created by Sanrio in November 2015. The Sanrio Boys were conceptualized as a social media project to promote merchandise for Sanrio's best-selling characters.[3] Due to its popularity, it grew to have its own merchandise line, a manga series, a series of character drama CDs, a 2016 smartphone game for iOS and Android, and an anime television series by Pierrot that premiered on January 6, 2018.[4][5]


The Sanrio Boys were created by Sanrio in November 2015 to promote merchandise for their best-selling characters on social media, a strategy of which has been compared to Twitter accounts run by characters from Uta no Prince-sama.[3] The Sanrio Boys originally consisted of five characters, but has since then expanded to seven.[6] The characters were so well-received that they received their own line of character merchandise starting in June 2016.[7]


Sanrio Boys[edit]

Kota Hasegawa (長谷川 康太, Hasegawa Kōta)
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi[4]
Kota is a fan of Pompompurin and was given a plush toy from his grandmother as a child. He is embarrassed to openly admit he likes Pompompurin until he meets Yu and Shunsuke.[8]
Yu Mizuno (水野 祐, Mizuno Yū)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[4]
Yu is Kota's outgoing classmate who is open about his love for My Melody. He is popular with his classmates for his friendly and sociable personality.[9]
Shunsuke Yoshino (吉野 俊介, Yoshino Shunsuke)
Voiced by: Jun Oosuka[4]
Shunsuke is the ace striker of the soccer team and a fan of Hello Kitty, who he refers to with respect. He has a serious and stoic personality.[10]
Ryo Nishimiya (西宮 諒, Nishimiya Ryō)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kagura[4]
Ryo is a shy and beautiful first year student who likes Kiki and Lala from Little Twin Stars.[11]
Seiichiro Minamoto (源 誠一郎, Minamoto Seiichirō)
Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida[4]
Seiichiro is the president of the student council and a member of the archery team. He loves Cinnamoroll.[12]
Subaru Amagaya (雨ケ谷 昴, Amagaya Subaru)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[13]
Subaru is a wannabe delinquent who loves Badtz-Maru.[12] He was introduced in April 2017.[6]
Naoki Sugami (菅見 直樹, Sugami Naoki)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano[13]
Naoki is a biology teacher who loves Keroppi.[14] He was introduced in April 2017.[6]

Kansai Sanrio Boys[edit]

Yumenosuke Toyohara (豊原夢ノ介, Toyohara Yumenosuke)
Yumenosuke is a fan of Hello Kitty.[15] He was first introduced as a character for Miracle Stage: Sanrio Boys at Sanrio Expo 2018.
Torao Hagura (羽倉虎男, Hagura Torao)
Torao is a friend of Yumenosuke who loves Kuromi.[16] He was first introduced as a character for Miracle Stage: Sanrio Boys at Sanrio Expo 2018.
Tomohiro Kashiwagi (柏木智博, Kashiwagi Tomohiro)
Tomohiro is the president of the mandolin guitar club.[17] He is a fan of Pochacco. He was first introduced as a character for Miracle Stage: Sanrio Boys at Sanrio Expo 2018.
Yuzu Wakano (若野ゆず, Yuzu Wakano)
Yuzu is Tomohiro's roommate and a fan of Kirimi.[18] He was first introduced as a character for Miracle Stage: Sanrio Boys at Sanrio Expo 2018.
Jun Fujita (藤田潤, Fujita Jun)
Fujita is a teacher who loves Tuxedo Sam.[19] He was first introduced as a character for Miracle Stage: Sanrio Boys at Sanrio Expo 2018.

Secondary characters[edit]

Yuri Mizuno (水野 由梨, Mizuno Yuri)
Voiced by: Akane Fujita[20]
Yuri is Yū's younger sister and is in middle school. She has a strained relationship with him, and disapproves of him liking My Melody.
Tadashi Tsuchiya (土屋 正, Tsuchiya Tadashi)
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki[21]
Yamato Machida (町田 大和, Machida Yamato)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio[21]
Satoshi Matsuo (松尾智, Matsuo Satoshi)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa[21]



Sanrio Boys was adapted into two manga adaptations written and illustrated by Mai Ando, with both manga series running concurrently.[22] Sanrio Danshi: Oretachi, Seishun, Hajimemashita. (サンリオ男子~俺たち、青春、はじめました。~), which features the Sanrio Boys' daily lives, was published on the mobile app Manga One starting April 2016. Sanrio Danshi: Oretachi, Koi, Hajimemashita. (サンリオ男子~俺たち、恋、はじめました。~), which features one of the Sanrio Boys being romantically involved with a girl, was serialized in the magazine Sho-Comi starting from its June 2016 issue.[23] Both were compiled into volume format and released under the title Sanrio Boys under Shogakukan's Flower Comics label.[24]

No.Release date ISBN
1 July 22, 2016[25]ISBN 9784091385055
2 February 24, 2017[26]ISBN 9784091391568
3 July 26, 2017[27]ISBN 9784091394767
4 November 24, 2017[28]ISBN 9784091397669
5 March 26, 2018[29]ISBN 9784098700110


A visual novel style dating sim game was released onto Android and iOS under the name Sanrio Danshi: Watashi, Koi wo, Shirimashita. (サンリオ男子~わたし、恋を、知りました。~) on September 13, 2016.[30] The theme song is "Fun! Fantastic Girl", produced by Elements Garden and performed by the voice actors of Sanrio Boys.[31] Approximately 100,000 users downloaded the game during the first six days of release.[32]


An anime adaptation of Sanrio Boys was announced in the fifth issue of the 2017 edition of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine.[33] The series is directed by Masashi Kudō and written by Takashi Aoshima, and the anime production is handled by Pierrot. The anime premiered in Japan on January 6, 2018.[5] The series is licensed by Ponycan USA in North America,[1] who are simulcasting the series on Crunchyroll.[34] The anime has 12 episodes.[2]

No. Title Original air date
1"It All Started With Pompompurin"
"Hajimari wa Pomupomupurin" (はじまりはポムポムプリン[35])
January 6, 2018 (2018-01-06)
2"Gift Gate After the Rain"
"Ameagari no Gifuto Gēto" (雨上がりのギフトゲート[36])
January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13)
3"My Sister Blue"
"Mai Shisutā Burū" (マイ♪シスター・ブルー[20])
January 20, 2018 (2018-01-20)
4"Hello Friends"
"Harō Furenzu!" (ハローフレンズ![37])
January 27, 2018 (2018-01-27)
5"Broken Rose-Colored Clouds"
"Kowareta Bara-iro Kumo" (壊れたバラ色雲[38])
February 3, 2018 (2018-02-03)
6"Above the Distant Clouds"
"Tōi o Sora no Kumo no Ue" (遠いお空の雲の上[39])
February 10, 2018 (2018-02-10)
7"Miraculous Holiday"
"Mirakuru na Horidē" (ミラクルなホリデー[40])
February 17, 2018 (2018-02-17)
8"Sparkling Rhapsody"
"Kirakira Kyōsōkyoku" (キラキラ狂想曲[41])
February 24, 2018 (2018-02-24)
9"The Boys' Vacation!"
"Danshi's Bakēshon" (男子’sバケーション[42])
March 3, 2018 (2018-03-03)
10"Dream Galaxy, Compassion Planet"
"Yume seiun Omoiyariboshi" (ゆめ星雲おもいやり星[35])
March 10, 2018 (2018-03-10)
11"IN THE DARK[43]"March 17, 2018 (2018-03-17)
12"The Magic of Friends"
"Tomodachi no Mahō" (ともだちの魔法[13])
March 24, 2018 (2018-03-24)

Stage play[edit]

A stage play titled Miracle☆Stage Sanrio Boys[44] was announced at the end of episode 12 of the anime and is a continuation of the anime's story.[45] The play is directed by Masami Itō, with the script written by Shinjirō Kameda, the choreography by Tetsuharu, and the music composed by Yu.[44] The main cast consists of Naoya Kitagawa as Kōta, Hiroki Sasamori as Yū, Tsubasa Yoshizawa as Shunsuke, Yū Miyazaki as Ryō, Shinichi Wagō as Seiichiro, Kōhei Kishi as Subaru Amagaya, and Jin Hiramaki as Naoki. [46][44] Five new characters created exclusively for the play were revealed at Sanrio Expo 2018.[47] The play ran from November 29 to December 9, 2018 at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo.[44][47] The final show on December 9 was live streamed on Niconico to Japanese residents.[48] Pompompurin, My Melody, and Hello Kitty made guest appearances at alternating shows.[49]


As of April 5, 2018 the manga had 200,000 copies in print.[50]

Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the anime series a mixed review, mentioning that while the first half of the series was well-written, the second half of the series "took a nosedive" and felt like an "overt advertisement."[51]


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  36. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第2話「雨上がりのギフトゲート」の先行場面カット公開! 祐(CV:斉藤壮馬)は、康太(CV:江口拓也)から同じ匂いを感じて……" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  37. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第4話「ハローフレンズ!」の先行カット公開!自暴自棄になった俊介(CV:大須賀純)は、大切なハローキティのお守りを……" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  38. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第5話「壊れたバラ色雲」の先行カット到着! 突っかかってきた諒(CV:花倉洸幸)、一触即発な状況からさらに誤解へ" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  39. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第6話「遠いお空の雲の上」の先行カット到着! 問題を抱え込んだ誠一郎(CV:内田雄馬)は、根を詰めすぎて……" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-02-04. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
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  41. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第8話「キラキラ狂想曲」の先行カット公開!「俺もキラキラしたい!」という康太は、他の4人を密着取材する!?" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  42. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第9話「男子'sバケーション」の先行場面カット解禁! 康太ら5人は別荘で海合宿、しかし天気が一変して……" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-02-25. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  43. ^ "『サンリオ男子』第11話「IN THE DARK」の先行場面カット公開! 康太は、自分がいない方が良いのではないかと思い……" (in Japanese). Animate Times. 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
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