Sonny Boy (TV series)

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Sonny Boy
Sonny Boy Key Visual.jpg
Key visual of Sonny Boy
GenreScience fiction, survival[1]
Created byShingo Natsume
Anime television series
Directed byShingo Natsume
Produced by
  • Motoki Mukaichi
  • Isao Ishikawa
  • Jitsurou Kikuchi
  • Kensaku Wada
  • Yuuko Matsui
  • Ayuri Taguchi
Written byShingo Natsume
Music byVarious[a]
StudioMadhouse
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS Asahi, RAB
Original run July 16, 2021 October 1, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)

Sonny Boy is an original Japanese anime television series animated by Madhouse and written and directed by Shingo Natsume. The series aired from July to October 2021.

Plot[edit]

Midway through a seemingly endless day of summer vacation, third-year middle school student Nagara and his class, along with transfer student Nozomi and the aloof and mysterious Mizuho, are suddenly transported to an alternate dimension. The group calls the new dimension "This World", and finds it has its own set of rules and physics. Over time, while trying to get back home, they realize that they have individual supernatural abilities, but also find it difficult to navigate their own interpersonal relationships.

The class later splits into two groups due to internal conflicts. As both the groups continue journeying to find their way back home, they discover many other students who have spent thousands of years in other "This Worlds".

Characters[edit]

Nagara (長良)
Voiced by: Aoi Ichikawa[2] (Japanese); Derick Snow[3] (English)
Nozomi ()
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi[2] (Japanese); Luci Christian[3] (English)
Mizuho (瑞穂)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[2] (Japanese); Tia Ballard[3] (English)
Asakaze (朝風)
Voiced by: Chiaki Kobayashi[2] (Japanese); Daman Mills[3] (English)
Rajdhani (ラジダニ, Rajidani)
Voiced by: Hiroki Gotō[4] (Japanese); Siddhartha Minhas[3] (English)
Hoshi (明星)
Voiced by: Ami Naitō[4] (Japanese); Ry McKeand[3] (English)
Pony (ポニー, Ponī)
Voiced by: Hana Sato[4] (Japanese); Lauren Landa[3] (English)
Cap (キャップ, Kyappu)
Voiced by: Yōji Ueda[4] (Japanese); Patrick Seitz[3] (English)
Hayato (はやと)
Voiced by: Shōta Yamamoto[4] (Japanese); David Matranga[3] (English)
Shanghai (上海, Shanhai)
Voiced by: Kana Ogino[4]

Production and release[edit]

The anime television series was announced on April 28, 2021. The series was animated by Madhouse and written and directed by Shingo Natsume, with original character designs provided by Hisashi Eguchi and Norifumi Kugai adapting the designs for animation. While the first episode was given an early premiere on June 19, 2021,[5] the series officially aired from July 16 to October 1, 2021 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[2][b] Ging Nang Boyz performed the series' theme song "Shōnen Shōjo".[1]

The series was licensed outside of Asia by Funimation.[7] On September 14, 2021, Funimation announced the series would receive an English dub, which premiered on September 16.[3] Following Sony's acquisition of Crunchyroll, the series was moved to Crunchyroll.[8] Medialink licensed the series in South and Southeast Asia and streamed it in their YouTube channel.[9]

Episode list[edit]

No.Title [10][c]Directed by [10]Written by [10]Storyboarded by [10]Original air date [12][b]
1"The Island at the Far End of Summer"
Transcription: "Natsu no Hate no Shima" (Japanese: 夏の果ての島)
Shingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)[d]
2"Aliens"
Transcription: "Eirianzu" (Japanese: エイリアンズ)
Tomoya KitagawaShingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeJuly 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
3"The Cat Who Wore Sandals"
Transcription: "Geta o Haita Neko" (Japanese: 下駄を履いたネコ)
Keiichirō SaitōShingo NatsumeKeiichirō SaitōJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
4"The Great Monkey Baseball"
Transcription: "Idainaru Monkī Bēsubōru" (Japanese: 偉大なるモンキー・ベースボール)
Imu GahiShingo NatsumeYoshiaki KawajiriAugust 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)
5"Leaping Classrooms"
Transcription: "Tobu Kyōshitsu" (Japanese: 跳ぶ教室)
Rei IshikuraShingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeAugust 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)
6"The Long Goodbye"
Transcription: "Nagai Sayonara" (Japanese: 長いさよなら)
Tomoya KitagawaShingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeAugust 20, 2021 (2021-08-20)
7"Road Book"
Transcription: "Rōdo Bukku" (Japanese: ロード・ブック)
Kento MatsuiShingo NatsumeYoshiaki KawajiriAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
8"Laughing Dog"
Transcription: "Warai Inu" (Japanese: 笑い犬)
Keiichirō SaitōShingo NatsumeKeiichirō SaitōSeptember 3, 2021 (2021-09-03)
9"This Salmon Chazuke Is Missing Its Salmon Nya"
Transcription: "Kono Sake Chazuke, Sake Wasureteru Nya" (Japanese: この鮭茶漬け、鮭忘れてるニャ)
Atsushi KashiwaShingo NatsumeKeisuke KojimaSeptember 10, 2021 (2021-09-10)
10"Summer and the Demon"
Transcription: "Natsu to Shura" (Japanese: 夏と修羅)
Tomoya Kitagawa
Kento Matsui
Shingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeSeptember 17, 2021 (2021-09-17)
11"The Young Man and the Sea"
Transcription: "Shōnen to Umi" (Japanese: 少年と海)
Nichika ŌnoShingo NatsumeNorifumi KugaiSeptember 24, 2021 (2021-09-24)
12"Two Years' Vacation"
Transcription: "Ni Nenkan no Kyūka" (Japanese: 二年間の休暇)
Shingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeShingo NatsumeOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)

Soundtrack[edit]

The Sonny Boy Soundtrack was released on September 8, 2021.[14][15] Shinichirō Watanabe served as the musical advisor.[16][e]

  1. Ging Nang Boyz – 少年少女
  2. Sunset Rollercoaster – Broken Windows
  3. Sunset Rollercoaster – Seagull
  4. VIDEOTAPEMUSIC – Summer Storm
  5. The Natsuyasumi Band – Tune from diamond
  6. mitsume – 夜釣り
  7. Sunset Rollercoaster – Let There Be Light Again
  8. Ogawa & Tokoro – Beacon
  9. Mid-Air Thief – Yamabiko’s Theme
  10. Mid-Air Thief – Kodama’s Theme
  11. Ogawa & Tokoro – Soft Oversight
  12. mitsume – ソウとセイジ
  13. Kaneyorimasaru – Kyo no Uta
  14. The Natsuyasumi Band – Lightship
  15. mitsume – スペア
  16. toe – サニーボーイ・ラプソディ
  17. Conisch – Lune
  18. Conisch – Jugement
  19. Conisch – Tour
  20. Conisch – Soleil
  21. Conisch – 旅立ちの日に

Reception[edit]

Sonny Boy received the Excellence Award in the animation category at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival.[17] The series was nominated in two categories in the 2022 Crunchyroll Anime Awards Anime of the Year and Director of the Year.[18] The series was also nominated for the Anime Trending Awards in four categories "Best in Original Screenplay", "Best in Sceneries and Visuals", "Mystery or Psychological Anime of the Year" and "SciFi or Mecha Anime of the Year".[19][20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The series utilizes multiple tracks by several composers throughout its run and does not credit any specific composers for the series' OST as a whole (with the exception of Conisch who composed the musical score for Episode 10).
  2. ^ a b Tokyo MX listed the series premiere at 24:30 on July 15, 2021, which is July 16 at 12:30 a.m.[6]
  3. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.[11]
  4. ^ This episode was pre-screened on June 19, 2021.[13]
  5. ^ Tracklist from the official CD and Spotify tracklist.

References[edit]

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