The official Twitter account for the anime A Couple of Cuckoos @cuckoo_anime tweeted that they will be hosting a TikTok dance competition!
The prize is a hand-signed t-shirt. The dance that the contestants must perform is called the “Cuckoo Dance” and was choreographed by Erika Amano.
You can see the adorable dance performed by Erika Amano in the TikTok video below:
Upload a video of you doing the cuckoo dance on TikTok and make sure to use @cuckoo_anime so she can see your video and enter the contest. The closing date for entries is June 30, 2022.
What’s the deal with the flapping bird movement? It’s a reference to the anime’s title, A Couple of Cuckoos (a cuckoo bird trades a bird’s egg with its own for another bird to raise it for it).
A Couple of Cuckoos began as a manga series written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa. It was originally released as a one-shot in September 2019 and after gaining popularity it began its sequel in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in January 2020.
In April 2022, the anime adaptation by Shin-Ei and SynergySP premiered on TV Asashi’s NUMAnimation block. Crunchyroll has licensed the series outside of Asia.
On April 11, 2022, Crunchyroll also announced that the series would be getting an English dub. A spin-off mini anime series titled Kakko no Iikagen premiered on YouTube on April 28, 2022.
The Manga Story of A Couple of Cuckoos: Two High School Students Thrown Together by Circumstance or Fate?
The story begins when a 17-year-old sophomore, Nagi Umino, learns that he is not the biological child of the family that raised him. On his way to meet his birth parents for the first time, he meets a popular internet celebrity named Erika Amano who is trying to escape from an arranged marriage.
Later, Nagi and Erika find out that their parents accidentally swapped the two after birth and, to make up for it, they hatched the harebrained plan of getting their children married. In an effort for Nagi and Erika to meet and fall in love, they are forced to live together in a house owned by Erika’s family.
From a one-shot manga to a two-cours anime series
When Miki Yoshikawa first released the series as a one-shot manga, it was part of a promotion where she released three one-shots and readers could vote on which one would receive serialization. After receiving enough votes, the series began publication in Weekly Shonen Magazine. A promotional video for the series was released on June 11, 2020, featuring voice actors Yuma Uchida and Maaya Uchida, who happen to be siblings!
In April 2021, the anime adaptation was announced. It is animated by Shin-Ei Animation and SynergySP and directed by Yoshiyuki Shirahata with Hiroaki Akagi as the executive director. Aya Takano is creating the character designs, while Yasuhiro Nakanishi is overseeing the script. A Couple of Cuckoos airs for two consecutive courses.
The opening song is titled Dekoboko (Rough) and is sung by Kiyoe Yoshioka, the lead singer of a Japanese two-singer group called Ikimonogakari. The closing song, titled Shikaku Unmei (Square Destiny), is sung by the band Sangatsu no Phantasia.
Watch the latest trailer for A Couple of Cuckoos here: