You know… I can see Megazone 23. But Pretty Sammy? Really? Pretty Sammy?!
Recently, studio AIC began posting advertisements across Akihabara. The posters detail AIC’s plans to crowd-fund new anime projects based on Megazone 23 and Pretty Sammy via Campfire.
As of press time, no further details have been announced.
Megazone 23 is a four-episode OVA series, which first hit Japanese retailers in March 1985. The title saw four directors across the project: Noboru Ishiguro (The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Space Battleship Yamato), Ichiro Itano (Gantz, Angel Cop), Kenichi Yatagai (Bubblegum Crisis, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki), and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Madox-01).
Megazone 23 is the first financially successful OVA to be released in Japan (and the 13th overall).
Pretty Sammy is a spinoff of Tenchi Muyo!, which places Sasami into the role of a magical girl. The series made its début as a three-episode OVA in 1995, which was directed by Kazuyuki Hirokawa (Lensman, Space Warrior Baldios), Takeshi Aoki (Please Teacher!, Moldiver), and Yasuhito Kikuchi (El Hazard: The Alternative World, Macross Frontier).
An alternate retelling, Magical Project S, hit Japanese TV in the Fall 1996 season. Katsuhito Akiyama (Armitage: Dual-Matrix, Gall Force – Eternal Story) helmed the project, which featured character designs by Atsushi Okuda (Bastard!!, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA 3). The team of Hideyuki Kurata and Yousuke Kuroda took charge of series composition.
Pretty Sammy reared her head once more in Sasami: Magical Girls Club, which hit Japanese TV in Spring 2006. Nobuhiro Takamoto (Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Tenchi in Tokyo) directed the show, with Shoji Hara (PriPara, Wandaba Style) providing character designs. Mari Okada (Black Butler, Gosick) was in charge of series composition.