In a first for Japanese voice actor Kana Hanazawa, the star will not only be voicing the titular lead character in the upcoming Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible TV anime adaptation but will also be solo performing the opening theme song “Dramatic Ja Naku Temo.” The single releases on February 1, 2023, in Japan after the TV anime premieres earlier in January.
— 花澤香菜 (@hanazawa_staff) October 14, 2022
Kana Hanazawa has previously performed theme songs for shows she’s voiced in, such as Ichika in The Quintessential Quintuplets, but always as an ensemble rather than a solo artist.
Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible is being directed by Kazuomi Koga (Rent-a-Girlfriend) at studio PINE JAM (Kageki Shojo!!), with series composition by Yuya Takahashi (Selection Project) and character designs by Yoshiko Saito (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation animation director). The series premieres in January 2023.
Shueisha publishes the manga’s official English and Spanish versions on MANGA Plus, describing the series as such:
First year high schooler Junta Shiraishi is a mob character who goes unnoticed even when he’s standing right next to you. But his classmate, “heroine-level beauty” Kubo, always notices him and is there to tease him. Anyone can become special to someone, but it might be a little too early to call these feelings “love.” Perhaps this story is still two-steps from being a romantic comedy–let’s call it a sweet comedy where a background character becomes visible!
Source: Press Release
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