Somali and the Forest Spirit

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Somali and the Forest Spirit
Somali and the Forest Spirit volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Somali and the Forest Spirit volume 1 by Tokuma Shoten
ソマリと森の神様
(Somari to Mori no Kamisama)
GenreFantasy
Manga
Written byYako Gureishi
Published byTokuma Shoten
DemographicSeinen
ImprintZenon Comics
MagazineWeb Comic Zenyon
Original runApril 2015 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byKenji Yasuda
Written byMariko Mochizuki
Music byRyo Yoshimata
StudioSatelight
HORNETS
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkAbemaTV, Tokyo MX, BS-NTV
Original run January 9, 2020 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Somali and the Forest Spirit (ソマリと森の神様, Somari to Mori no Kamisama) is a Japanese fantasy manga series by Yako Gureishi. It has been serialized online since April 2015 via Tokuma Shoten's online manga magazine Web Comic Zenyon. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Satelight and HORNETS premiered on January 9, 2020. It is co-produced by Crunchyroll.

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Somali (ソマリ, Somari)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[1]
A young human girl who is found by Golem in his forest. She has endless curiosity, which usually gets her in trouble. She wears a hood on her head with minotaur horns to hide her human features since humans are a delicacy in the monster world.
Golem (ゴーレム, Gōremu)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[1]
An ancient automaton protector of the forest who stumbles upon Somali while patrolling his forest. He exhibits no emotions, but instinctively protects Somali from any potential threat. He acts like Somali's father and is referred by her as "Dad".
Shizuno (シズノ)
Voiced by: Hiroki Nanami[2]
A dwarf oni and an herbalist. She uses herbs to create medicine and lives in a cabin in the woods. She took care of Somali when she injured her knee while playing.
Yabashira (ヤバシラ)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki[2]
Shizuno's assistant who lives with her in the forest cabin. He is also a dwarf oni and the caretaker of Shizuno's abode.
Uzoi (ウゾイ)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[2]
Haitora (ハイトラ)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono[2]
Kikila (キキーラ, Kikīra)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi[3]
Rosa-obasan (ローザおばさん)
Voiced by: Rie Shibata[4]
Musurika (ムスリカ)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[4]
Kokilira (コキリラ, Kokirira)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[4]
Hazel (ヘイゼル, Heizeru)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[4]
Praline (プラリネ, Purarine)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[4]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on March 22, 2019. The series was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2019, but the premiere date was pushed back to January 2020.[2] The series is co-animated by Satelight and HORNETS, with Kenji Yasuda directing the series and Ikuko Itoh designing the characters.[4] Mariko Mochizuki is handling series composition, and Ryo Yoshimata is composing the series' music. It premiered on January 9, 2020 on AbemaTV, Tokyo MX, and BS-NTV.[5] Naotarō Moriyama performs the series' opening theme song "Arigatō wa Kocchi no Kotoba," while Inori Minase performs the series' ending theme song "Kokoro Somali."[3] Crunchyroll debuted the first episode on January 2, 2020, a week before its Japan airing.[1] It will run for 12 episodes.[6]

No. Title[7][a] Original air date
1"Journeying Parent and Child"
Transcription: "Tabisuru Oyako" (Japanese: 旅する親子)
January 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)[b]
Golem, an ancient wandering forest protector, finds a young human girl named Somali bounded in chains while making his rounds through the woods. He takes her under his care and allows himself to be called her father. The pair travel from city to city, learning the history of their civilization. They find out a war between monsters and humanity caused the near extinction of the human race, while some of the survivors ended up as either slaves or food, while many others escaped to seclude themselves away from the monsters. While shopping in a town, Somali ends up wandering away from Golem and chases a cat, eventually getting cornered in an alley. The cat, who reveals himself to be a monster, nearly figures out Somali is human based on her smell, but is shoo'd away by Golem. The pair leave for their next destination and Golem scolds Somali for wandering off, but realizes small children act on pure curiosity. He offers her his hand to hold to ensure she remains close to him.
2"Edible Herbs and the Oni's Dwelling"
Transcription: "Kusabira to Oni no Sumika" (Japanese: くさびらと鬼の住処)
January 16, 2020 (2020-01-16)
While eating breakfast beside a flowing creek, Somali trips and falls while chasing some horned rabbits, injuring her knee in the process. Suddenly, a dwarf oni named Shizuno appears and offers to help bandage Somali's injury and brings the pair to her home. There, they meet Yashibara, another oni and Shizuno's assistant. After feeding Somali, Golem asks Shizuno to teach him the ways of medical herbology, to which Shizuno accepts in exchange for a small piece Golem's armor to study to further her medical research. While Shuzino teaches Golem different medical combinations, Somali has Yashibara give her chores to make up for Golem giving up a piece of himself for her benefit. When Shizuno begins to regret asking for a shard of Golem, he reassures her that her anguish is similar to Somali's when she hurt herself, so he never wants to see that happen. That night, as Somali sleeps, Golem reveals to the onis that he is travelling with Somali to find her parents, but he only has a little over a year left until he shuts down. The next morning, the pair thank their oni hosts and take their leave into the forest.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  2. ^ Crunchyroll premiered the episode on January 2, 2020 prior to airing on Japanese television.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Somali to Mori no Kamisama Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime in Fall (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Somali and the Forest Spirit TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January Delay". Anime News Network. June 15, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime's Video Previews Additional Cast, Opening Song". Anime News Network. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime's 2nd Promo Video Unveils More Cast Members". Anime News Network. November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime's 2 TV Ads Reveal January 9 Debut". Anime News Network. December 2, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "ストーリー" (in Japanese). Retrieved January 3, 2020.

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