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Alternate Titles

Somali to Mori no Kamisama


Monsters and strange creatures rule the world above ground. Humans are persecuted and are on the verge of extinction. One day, a guardian of the forest named Golem meets a lone human girl named Somali. A human whose race is dying out and a Golem who protects the forest. The unlikely duo form a strong bond as they travel together throughout the world.


Somali and the Forest Spirit began as a fantasy manga by Yako Gureishi that has been serialized on Tokuma Shoten’s manga website Web Comic Zenyon since April 2015. Five collected tankobon volumes have been published so far.

An anime adaptation was announced in March 2019. It is being directed by Kenji Yasuda at Satelight with series composition by Mariko Mochizuki and character designs by Ikuko Ito. Naotaro Moriyama is performing the opening theme song, "Arigato wa Kocchi no Kotoba," and Inori Minase is performing the ending theme song, "Kokoro Somali."

The anime was originally scheduled to broadcast during the autumn 2019 season but has been delayed until January 2020. It will be available internationally through Crunchyroll.


Somali (Voiced by: Inori Minase)

Somali is a young girl who travels with Golem and hides the fact that she is human. She has an innate curiosity and likes finding interesting things. She loves to eat.

Golem (Voiced by: Daisuke Ono)

Golem exists to protect the forest. He looks after Somali as her “father.” He continues to travel in search of Somali’s real parents.

Shizuno (Voiced by: Hiroki Nanami)

Shizuno is an imp and a doctor by trade who can make medicines from ingredients in the natural environment. He is smart and has a mischievous personality.

Yabashira (Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki)

Yabashira is a demon and Shizuno’s assistant. He is skilled at making candy. He always has his hands full with Shizuno who doesn't clean up after himself.

Uzoi (Voiced by: Saori Hayami)

Uzoi is a harpy girl. She travels with Haitora in search of medicine. She suggests that Somali and the others travel with her and Haitora through the desert.

Haitora (Voiced by: Yuki Ono)

Haitora is from a race of bird people called Falcohol. He travels in search of medicine to cure an illness. He also looks after and protects Uzoi.

Kikila (Voiced by: Yu Kobayashi)

Kikila comes from a race of fluffy creatures called Shurigala. Somali is her first friend.

International Streaming

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  • Original Creator: Yako Gureishi
  • Director: Kenji Yasuda
  • Series Composition: Mariko Mochizuki
  • Character Designer: Ikuko Ito
  • Sub-Character Designers: Sachiko Ohashi, Kei Tanaka, Miki Ninagawa
  • Art Director: Vincent Niem
  • Color Designer: Chiho Nakamura
  • Sound Director: Takatoshi Hamano
  • Sound Engineer: Yasuno Sato
  • Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
  • Animation Production: Satelight
  • Production Cooperation: Crunchyroll

Winter 2020 Anime