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Kemono Friends Director TATSUKI Hunts for Background Artists


It looks like TATSUKI is on the hunt for something not found in the wilds of Japari Park.

On October 28, Kemono Friends anime director TATSUKI took to Twitter to put out an open call for background artists. TATSUKI is looking for artists on an unannounced project, and will respond to applications by the end of the month.

Rough Translation: Are you interested in [drawing] background art? You’ll be in a situation where you will draw while working with white water. This time, I think I’m looking for experienced people… If you’d like to join, please apply by email through the end of this month. While you might not hear from me immediatley,, you should get a response by the end of the month.

TATSUKI posted his first anime since being ousted from the Kemono Friends anime project on October 23. The release also marked 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 two Irodori anime shorts on August 15 and October 23. You can check both out below:

Source: Nijipoi

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