He’s down, but he’s definitely not out. Huge props to TATSUKI for soldiering on.
Earlier today, TATSUKI and the rest of his Irodori team published a new anime short to his Twitter account. The two-minute feature, which was produced by TATSUKI and the Irodori team, is a continuation of another short the director showed off in August.
— たつき／irodori (@irodori7) October 23, 2017
The feature is TATSUKI’s first anime since being ousted from the Kemono Friends anime project. In addtion to the video, the tweet states “since it’s fall.” Moreover, this is the first social media post from TATSUKI since October 9, when he stated that he “and the Irodori team” were alive and well.
Irodori is a three-person indie anime group that consists of TATSUKI, Yūko Shiromizu and Yoshihisa Isa. The three worked together with studio Yaoyorozu on the Kemono Friends anime, with Shiromizu serving as art director and Isa working as animation director for the project.
The Kemono Friends anime is based on said smartphone game. TATSUKI directed the show at Yaoyorozu, with Shigenori Tanabe (Danchi Tomoo) writing and overseeing the show’s scripts. Sgt. Frog creator Mine Yoshizaki is credited with the original character concept designs.
Crunchyroll streamed Kemono Friends as it aired in Japan. They describe the show as:
About The story takes place in Japari Park, an enormous integrated zoo built somewhere in this world. A mysterious substance found there, called “Sand Star,” causes the animals to turn into humanoid beings called “Animal Girls”! These new creatures spend every day peacefully with the zoo’s visitors… but after some time, a lost child turns up in the park. The child’s attempt to find the way home turns into a great adventure with the Animal Girls!
A Kemono Friends stage play is in the works, along with an unspecified “new screen project” that’s separate from the previously-released “Episode 12.1” special. A second season of the series was unveiled in July with the release of the show’s official guidebook.
Tatsuki tweeted out the first Irodori anime short on August 15. You can check it out below:
— たつき／irodori (@irodori7) August 15, 2017