Take my revolution… er… wait, wrong franchise. My bad.
Earlier today, the official Sarazanmai Twitter account updated with a new character visual. In addition, the show’s official website updated with details on a manga based on the property. We break the details down below.
The visual features an illustration by Migi, which features Mabu and Reo, a pair of officers who are vital to the show’s story.
Sarazanmai will receive a spinoff manga, titled Reo to Manbu: Futari wa Sarazanmai (Reo and Manbu: We are Sarazanmai). Misaki Saitō will draw the series, which kicks off in the next issue of Rutile magazine. The publication hits stores on May 22, and is published bimonthly. Issues ship to retailers in January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series will see also see chapters run on Gentosha’s Rutile Sweet web platform in months that the main magazine doesn’t run.
According to the site, Reo to Manbu: Futari wa Sarazanmai will tell the tales of Manbu and Reo’s daily lives. The title will connect to the anime, though specifics haven’t been disclosed. A visual for the project was also revealed, which you can check out below:
Sarazanmai will hit Japanese TV in 2019. The series will be produced by studios MAPPA and Lapin Track. “Ikunirappa” is credited with the original concept.
This is the first original project from Kunihiko Ikuhara since his 2015’s Yurikuma Arashi.
Ikuhara, himself, has been active in the anime industry since 1986. He started his career at Toei Animation, where he cut his teeth as assistant director on shows like Maple Town Monogatari and Akuma-kun.
Ikuhara received his big break in 1993, when he took the director’s chair for Sailor Moon R and Sailor Moon S.
In 1996, Ikuhara left Toei to form the Be-PaPas creative group with manga artist Chiho Saito, animator Hasegawa Shinya, producer Okuro Yuuichiro, and writer writer Yōji Enokido. The collective crafted Revolutionary Girl Utena, which consisted of a manga by Saito and an anime that Ikuhara directed at J.C. Staff.
Following the Utena franchise, Ikuhara collaborated on manga title The World Exists for Me and novel Schell Bullet. He also served as supervisor for the English dub for Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie – Adolescence of Utena.
In 2011, Ikuhara returned to the director’s chair with Mawaru Penguindrum.