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Bukimi Miki's SHY Anime - What We Know So Far

The epic tales of superheroes are one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Many are anxiously awaiting upcoming blockbusters in the genre, whether it be the upcoming DC films "Black Adam" or "Shazam: Fury of the Gods," or the latest Marvel adaptation. Anime has been riding the super train for a while now, with brilliant results: The comedic adventures of Saitama in "One Punch Man" gives a light-hearted deconstruction of numerous superhero archetypes and ideas; meanwhile, "My Hero Academia" feels like a passionate anime love-letter to what makes comic book heroes so endearing and captivating.

Well, it appears that the world of anime is looking to explore the superhero genre again through a series based on author Bukimi Miki's "SHY" manga. "SHY" offers a new world of powered-up heroes, but through the lens of one crusader whose nerves might get in the way of performing her duties. Via Crunchyroll, the series is coming from studio 8Bit, which has already been busy with the hotly anticipated sports anime "Blue Lock." Masaomi Ando is slated to direct the adaptation. 

What is the plot of Bukimi Miki's SHY anime?

When we think of superheroes, images of larger-than-life demigods often come to mind. These are beings who, at their best, inspire hope and, at their worst, stoke fear. But what if Superman acted more like his timid Clark Kent demeanor in a world of heroes? At its core, that's what Bukimi Miki's "SHY" anime explores with Japan's top hero. The official anime site describes a world in the 21st century where superheroes mysteriously appear and work hard to achieve a status of world peace — preventing a global war situation, which Earth came so close to falling in before they appeared.

Japan's hero happens to be 14-year-old student Teru Momijiyama who has a severe problem with being in front of people. That fear makes everything a little more challenging for her alter-ego, Shy — never mind the fact that she has to deal with supervillains. "SHY" will feature Teru doing her best to become worthy of the title of Japan's bastion of peace, and the upcoming anime will delve into her sheepish nature and insecurities about being in front of a crowd.

Who is starring in Bukimi Miki's SHY anime?

So far, the "SHY" anime has one name attached to its cast. Via Crunchyroll, voice actor Shino Shimoji will play Teru Momijiyama, and her bashful super-powered alter ego Shy. Per Anime News Network, anime and gaming fans should already be familiar with some of Shimoji's work since she's voiced roles in other anime series such as Luca in "The Case Study of Vanitas" and Akari Ōzora in "Aikatsu." In the world of gaming, Shimoji's voice is used for the characters Pyra and Mythra in "Xenoblade Chronicles 2" and Akiha Tohno in "Melty Blood: Type Lumina."

In addition, Shimoji already has a bit of experience tackling more reserved characters like Shy. In the anime "Shadows House," the actor played the reticent character Shirley as well as her living doll Ramu. On the "SHY" anime's official site, Shimoji expressed how much she admires that Shy perseveres in her heroic endeavors despite her timid nature. Fans should be in for a treat as Shimoji aims to properly bring the character to life from the pages of the manga.

Is there a trailer for Bukimi Miki's SHY anime?

With the initial announcement of Bukimi Miki's "SHY" anime, audiences were treated to a glimpse of the series to hype up anticipation. On the Emotion Label YouTube, a teaser video for the upcoming anime is up. Although not as revealing as a full-fledged trailer, the teaser video still provides clues on what we can expect from "SHY." Much of the teaser is in black and white: We're first introduced to three characters who look like the heroes Stardust, Spirits, and Century from the "SHY" manga. Suddenly, the video shifts to presenting our lead heroine, Shy, who is visibly younger and more anxious than the previous three heroes. The video then shows off scenes of Shy performing some heroics before everything suddenly bursts into a splash of color in the end. Shy activates her bracelets and is surrounded by powerful-looking flames.

The video's ending is similar to Miki's key visual image in that it gives some insight into how Shy's powers work. In the manga, many heroes use a device called Heart Conversion Bracelets, which convert their heart power into special abilities. In Shy's case, her bracelets give her control over flames related more to her aggressive side (via Shy Fandom). So it appears that the hero will have to go against her nature to use her powers effectively.

Where can you find the manga for Bukimi Miki's SHY?

An official release date for Bukimi Miki's "SHY" hasn't been stated yet. So we could be in for a long wait until we learn what anime season next year, "SHY," will debut. However, that mystery wait could be a blessing in disguise for those looking to learn more about Shy and her comrades preemptively. Miki's "Shy" manga has been circulating in Japan for a few years now. According to Anime News Network, the series initially started as a one-shot in 2017, before Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine picked it up as an anime series in 2019.

Currently, "SHY" is up to 16 volumes in Japan, but the series will finally be making its way officially to Western audiences in time for the holidays. Yen Press will publish the series in English, starting with Volume 1 on December 13, 2022. It's available for pre-order on sites such as Right Stuf, Barnes & Noble, and Book-A-Million, for $13.