Funimation announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the English dub for the anime of NisiOisin and Kinako‘s Pretty Boy Detective Club (Bishōnen Tanteidan) novel series on Saturday, in partnership with Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment.
The English cast includes:
Hajime Ohtani is directing the anime, and Kenjirō Okada is the assistant director. Tomoyasu Hosoi is the art director, Yasuko Watanabe is the color designer, Takayuki Aizu is the director of photography, and Rie Matsubara is the editor. Toshiki Kameyama is the sound director, and Masatomo Ota and EFFY are composing the music.
The studio SHAFT is producing the animation and presenting the project with Kodansha and Aniplex. Akiyuki Simbo (Madoka Magica, Monogatari Series, March comes in like a lion) is the supervising director for the anime, while Hiroki Yamamura (And Yet the Town Moves, Fate/Extra Last Encore) is adapting Kinako‘s character designs for animation. sumika will perform the opening theme song “Shake & Shake.”
Vertical licensed the novels, and it released the first volume on September 29. The company describes the novels:
Rules of the Pretty Boy Detective Club:
1. Be pretty.
2. Be a boy.
3. Be a detective.
Mayumi Dojima, a second-year student at the exclusive Yubiwa Academy middle school, has lost something – a star she glimpsed just once, ten long years ago. But help is on the way, in the form of the unofficial, secretive, and thoroughly mysterious Pretty Boy Detective Club! Rumored to solve problems within the school (most of which they themselves may well have created) for reasons aesthetic rather than financial, these five gorgeous boys sweep Mayumi into their world of excitement, danger, and overwhelming beauty. So begins the thrilling new mystery series from renowned author NISIOISIN!
Suzuka Oda launched a manga adaptation of the novels in Kodansha‘s ARIA magazine in April 2016. The manga moved to Shonen Magazine Edge in October 2018 after ARIA ceased publication in April 2018. The manga’s “first part” ended in July 2019. Vertical has also licensed the manga, and it will release the manga in two-in-one omnibus editions starting in summer 2021.