Wave, Listen to Me! is a relatively new anime, just debuting in April 2020 in the U.S., so there are a lot of things about the series that many Western audiences probably don’t know. The series follows Koda, a young woman who has just gotten out of a bad relationship.
She drunkenly complains to a fellow bar patron one night about her unlucky love life, and later, she hears her drunken ramblings being played on a radio talk show about relationships. When she goes to the radio station to confront them about using her words without permission, they offer her a job as a late night talk show host. Here are ten more facts to know about this romantic comedy series.
10 Created By Hiroaki Samura
For those familiar with Hiroaki Samura, hearing that he is responsible for Wave, Listen to Me! might come as a surprise. Samura is best known as the creator of the wildly popular Blade of the Immortal. Blade follows a samurai who cannot be killed, except by being given a dose of a rare poison. The concept of the series is clearly much different than that of Wave, so it will be interesting to see how the two series compare.
9 Anime Written By Shoji Yonemura
While Samura of course writes the manga that the anime is based on, the anime episodes are written by Shoji Yonemura.
Yonemura has been working in the industry since the 90s, and he has a ton of varied anime writing experience under his belt, including Berserk, Fairy Tail, and Parasyte. The different kinds of anime he has experience writing for translate interestingly to Wave, since it’s a very different manga than many of the others he’s helped adapt.
8 Plays With Genre
Wave is a slice of life anime, even though it has a pretty peculiar premise. But it also plays a lot with genre with some slightly out-there scenes. Koda fights a bear in the first episode. There are some yakuza-related storylines. There’s even a space station. It’s a series full of funny gags, so many of these moments are played for jokes.
7 Animated At Sunrise
Sunrise is an animation studio best known for doing epic space adventure and science fiction anime. Most notably, it has been the animator of Mobile Suit Gundam series since the inception of the franchise.
They have also animated series like Cowboy Bebop and Code Geass. A series like Wave is slightly outside of Sunrise’s wheelhouse, since it’s a less action-oriented series, with more character interactions and drama.
6 Opening Theme By Tacica
Tacica is a Japanese rock band that has done the themes for several anime, including Haikyuu!! and Naruto: Shippuden. The theme from Wave, Listen to Me! is also by tacica and is called “aranami.” The upbeat track lays the groundwork for the series and gives the viewer a good idea of the energy coming to the anime. Plus, tacica are from Sapporo, which is where Wave takes place.
5 Riho Sugiyama
Voice actress Riho Sugiyama is the voice of Wave’s protagonist, Minare Koda. This is her first big role as the protagonist of a series, though she has appeared in other anime in supporting roles.
4 Monthly Afternoon
As a manga, Wave was serialized in the monthly magazine, Monthly Afternoon. This magazine has a focus on seinen manga, which are manga that are specifically geared toward adult readers. This can mean that they’re more specifically about adult topics like sexuality and being in the workforce or that they’re more violent. Blade of the Immortal, Samura’s most famous work, also ran in Monthly Afternoon.
3 Tasuma Minamikawa
Tatsuma Minamikawa is the director of the anime series. Like writer Shoji Yonemura, he has worked on Fairy Tail. He is also known for Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, and Chihayafuru, which give him a wide range of the kinds of anime he has worked on as a director and storyboard artist. These series all have very different tones though Chihayafuru, a slice of life series about a karuta player, is the most similar in style to Wave.
2 Samura’s Ongoing Series
Wave, Listen to Me! is still an ongoing manga series being published in Monthly Afternoon. This likely means that there is even more story for the anime to tell, once the manga is complete. Wave is one of two series that Samura is currently working on. The other is Die Wergelder, a story about women getting revenge on men who have wronged them. This series is being published by the magazine Nemesis.
1 Not In Print In The U.S.
Kodansha Comics have the print rights for the manga in the U.S. While it has been released digitally in the States, actual print copies of the manga are not yet available to American readers, though it will be available in May 2020. The anime has already debuted on Funimation, making it the first easily accessible way to experience the series in the West.
Wave, Listen to Me! is an entertaining new anime that is making waves with viewers, and here are a few things fans should know about the series.