“My Deer Friend Nokotan” New Details

June 2, 2024

The staff behind the anime adaptation of the manga “My Deer Friend Nokotan” (“Shikanoko Nokonoko Koshitantan“) by Oshioshio has unveiled new details. A new promotional trailer has also been released, revealing more voices for the cast as well as the opening and closing musical themes for this animated series, which will premiere on Japanese television on July 7. The voice casting is expanded with the addition of Yurika Kubo to play the role of Neko Nekoyamada, Rio Tsuchiya as the voice of Kinu Tanukikōji, and Chinatsu Akasaki as Chiharu Tsubameya.

  • Yurika Kubo as Neko Nekoyamada
  • Rio Tsuchiya as Kinu Tanukikōji
  • Chinatsu Akasaki as Chiharu Tsubameya
Source: It’sAnimeJP Official YouTube Channel

Regarding the opening and closing themes of this animated series of “My Deer Friend Nokotan“, the opening features the song “Shikairo Days,” performed by the voice actresses Megumi Han, Saki Fujita, Rui Tanabe, and Fūka Izum in their roles as Nokotan, TorakoKoshitanKoshi, Anko Koshi, and Meme Bashame, respectively. Megumi Han and Saki Fujita repeat as performers of the ending theme with the song “Shika-senbei no Uta.”

WIT Studio is behind the anime of “My Deer Friend Nokotan“, with Masahiko Ohta (Minami-ke, Yuruyuri, Gabriel DropOut) directing. Alongside Ohta is Takashi Aoshima, who is in charge of writing and composing the script, while Yasuhiro Misawa handles the musical composition and Ayumu Tsujimura adapts Oshioshio‘s original character designs for the anime.

The main cast of the anime, previously known, is headed by the following cast:

  • Megumi Han as NokoNokotanShikanoko
  • Saki Fujita as TorakoKoshitanKoshi
  • Rui Tanabe as Anko Koshi
  • Fūka Izumi as Meme Bashame

In addition to these voice actors, it is also announced that the narrator’s voice in Japanese for this anime will be Kosuke Toriumi.

Shikanoko Nokonoko Koshitantan,” the original Japanese title of the manga, is written and drawn by Oshioshio. The work began its publication in November 2019 in Kodansha‘s Shōnen Magazine Edge, ending its serialization in October 2023. The publication of the manga was moved to the Magazine Pocket app, starting there in December 2023 and remaining active to this day. The work currently has four compiled volumes on the Japanese market.


The anime “My Deer Friend Nokotan” narrates the story of Torako, who presents herself as an exemplary student at her high school, keeping her past as a juvenile delinquent a secret. However, the arrival of Nokotan, a deer-antlered exchange student, dramatically changes her life. Nokotan possesses a unique sense of smell that can detect Torako’s hidden past. This introduces an element of chaos into Torako‘s daily life, as Nokotan not only disturbs her facade of perfection, but also leads her to question the true nature of Nokotan: is she a deer, a girl, or something in between?

As the relationship between Torako and Nokotan develops, more aspects of Torako‘s mysterious past and Nokotan‘s strange ability are revealed. The dynamic between the two protagonists becomes the central axis of the series, offering a mix of comedy and surreal moments. The story explores themes of identity, acceptance, and the struggle to maintain appearances in the face of unexpected truths.

This anime combines elements of comedy with fantastic and everyday life situations, providing a narrative where humor and the extraordinary are constantly intertwined. The interaction between the characters and their school environment adds an additional layer of entertainment and depth to the plot, inviting viewers to reflect on how appearances can deceive and the ways we confront our own secrets.

Okay, we’re almost there to enjoy this story, so let’s stay tuned! July 7 is just around the corner, and before we know it, sweet Torako and her antics will be among us. Now, how about you head to the comments and let us know your thoughts on this proposal? You know we’ll be reading 🙂

Images Source: It’sAnimeJP Official YouTube Channel, Reddit