Rom-com fans, this one’s for you! The highly anticipated anime adaptation of the beloved light novel series, Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian has just confirmed its April 2024 premiere date. The exciting news was made during the recent “Alya Birthday Fest 2023 Special Live Stream” and was accompanied with the release of the anime’s first key visual, character visuals, and a special “Alya’s birthday video.”
See the colorful illustrations below!
The anime adaptation boasts a stellar cast, featuring Sumire Uesaka (Hayase Nagatoro in Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) as Alisa Mihairovuna Kujō and Kōhei Amasaki (Kosuke Misaki in Tomo-chan is a Girl!) as Masachika Kuse. They will be joined by Wakana Maruoka as Yuki Suō, Yukiyo Fujii as Marsha, and Saya Aizawa as Ayano Kimishima.
Alisa Mikhailovna Kujou (Alya)
Maria Mikhailovna Kujou (Masha)
Meanwhile, you may watch the short “Alya’s birthday video” on the anime’s newly launched YouTube channel:
Ryota Itoh (My Senpai Is Annoying) will serve as both the director and the scriptwriter of the anime, with Yūhei Murota (Love Live! School idol project) as the character designer and chief animation director.
Authored by Sunsunsun and illustrated by Momoco, Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian first appeared on Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in May 2020. Kadokawa Shoten recognized its potential and has since published seven volumes and a short story collection under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint starting February 2021.
The novels also inspired a manga adaptation by Saho Tenamachi, which debuted on Kodansha’s Magazine Pocket website and app in October 2022.
Yen Press, the novels’ English publisher, describes its story as follows:
Alisa Mikhailovna Kujou is Seiren Private Academy’s “solitary princess.” She’s a half-Russian beauty with silver hair, at the top of her class, student council accountant, and…completely unapproachable. For some reason, she’s also taken on the responsibility of reprimanding the slacker who sits next to her in class. Masachika Kuze is constantly frustrating her by falling asleep, forgetting his textbooks, and just being an overall unexemplary student. Or at least, that’s how it looks from the outside. She may put on a tough act, but she doesn’t mind Masachika as much as others would think. She even lets him call her by her nickname, Alya. Anyone hearing the comments she mutters in Russian under her breath might know how she really feels, but since none of her classmates understand the language, she’s free to say whatever she likes! Except…there is one person who knows what she’s saying. Masachika eavesdrops on her embarrassing revelations, pretending to be clueless, all the while wondering what her flirtatious comments actually mean!
With the April 2024 date set, enthusiasts are counting down the days to immerse themselves in the world of Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian.