Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie: Everything to Know Before the Anime Starts

The Spring 2022 anime season will be filled with a colorful variety of new and returning series, from Season 2 of the isekai adventure The Rising of the Shield Hero to the return of the beloved Netflix hit Komi Can't Communicate. But Komi has some fresh new competition this season, including the highly anticipated Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie.

This brand new series features a small but lovable cast of main characters, most of whom are high school students living their ordinary lives. The charming heroine Shikimori, however, is anything but an ordinary student. She promises to be a shojo-style shonen heroine unlike any other when the story begins airing on Crunchyroll in April. Here's a brief preview of what to expect.

The Premise Of Shikimori's Not Just A Cutie

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Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie is a fresh new slice-of-life romance/comedy anime, in a similar vein to popular series such as Komi Can't Communicate and the beloved Horimiya. Although Shikimori isn't about to redefine the possibilities of high school or slice-of-life anime, the series should appeal to any fan who can't get enough of the genre while also looking for assertive, strong female leads who can carry an entire series on their own. More and more anime today are giving girls a chance to shine as the protagonist in a variety of genres, from Komi Shoko to Love of Kill's seinen-style shojo heroine Chateau Dankworth. It's a trend that is absolutely worth continuing in the spring season with Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie.

This anime stars the shonen heroine Shikimori, a lively pink-haired student who is definitely the more assertive and dynamic member of her relationship with the meek but kind Izumi. During their idyllic high school days together, Shikimori will take the lead as the attention-grabbing star who can do it all, from competitive sports in gym class to being an everyday hero who can rescue her boyfriend from harm when things go wrong -- and she's an ace student to boot.

Shikimori is also known for giving off harsh glares that can make anyone back off and not want to mess with her. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Izumi mainly just follows her lead, but over time he may grow more assertive as well and make something of himself.

Where To Watch or Read Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie

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Anyone who is excited to dive into the story of Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie doesn't have long to wait. The anime is due to begin airing in Japan on April 10, 2022, and will be available to stream on the Crunchyroll platform in the West.

Meanwhile, interested fans can also try out the still-ongoing Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie manga, written and drawn by Keigo Maki. The series has amassed 11 volumes so far, and paperback copies can be found through Barnes & Noble's online catalog, Right Stuf Anime's website and Amazon's online catalog in the books department. As of this writing, the first eight volumes are available in English with Volume 9 releasing on April 5.

Those who prefer digital manga can also find Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie on Amazon with the Kindle version, or through Barnes and Noble's catalog with the Nook version.

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