Uncle from another world

Uncle From Another World Anime Shows an Isekai’s Aftermath

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Many an “isekai” story features the protagonist going to another world, but relatively few deal with what happens when someone returns from another world. Uncle From Another World (a.k.a. Isekai Ojisan) aims to do just that. Originally a manga created by pseudonymous creator Hotondoshindeiru, Uncle From Another World is getting an anime adaptation, scheduled for a July premiere date in Japan.

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The announcement comes courtesy of AnimeJapan 2022, and the official website for the show included a trailer.

The trailer doesn’t show much besides a conversation between Takafumi and his Uncle (simply called “Uncle”). Seventeen years ago, Uncle fell into a coma after being run over by a truck, but miraculously woke up one morning. Takafumi is assigned to stay with Uncle and help him get back on his feet. Complications arise when Takafumi learns that Uncle was actually transported to a fantastic alternate world during his coma, where he became a powerful hero with magical abilities. The pair decide to use Uncle’s magical abilities to help cover their living expenses, while reintroducing him to the life he’s missed, like the internet, smartphones, and the outcome of the late ’90s console wars.

In the trailer, Takafumi asks Uncle what his friends in the other world were like, and Uncle remarks on the verbal abuse he received from one of his companions (shown to be a female elf). Takafumi realizes that the elf was just being tsundere. Unfortunately for Uncle, tsundere was a character concept that only really hit the pop culture mainstream around 2004, long after he had had departed to the other world.

Uncle From Another World features a number of familiar voice talents in the cast. Uncle is played by Takehito Koyasu (Dio in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Zeke from Attack on Titan), and Takafumi is played by Jun Fukuyama (Joker in Persona 5, Lelouche in Code Geass). Elf is played by Haruka Tomatsu (Haru in Persona 5, Asuna in Sword Art Online).

Other cast members not shown in the trailer are listed below.

  • Fujimiya – Mikako Komatsu (Xuanzang in Fate/Grand Order, Maki in Jujutsu Kaisen)
  • Mabel – Aoi Yuki (Pascal in NieR Automata, Hibiki in Symphogear)
  • Alicia – Aki Toyosaki (Yui in K-ON!, Justine and Caroline in Persona 5)

Uncle From Another World airs in July in Japan. International licenses have not yet been announced. The manga is published in English by Yen Press.

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