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Kunihiko Ikuhara’s “Sarazanmai” Anime Gets First Trailer


Soon, the world shall be revolutionized once more… Wait. that’s the wrong show.

Earlier today, the official Sarazanmai anime website updated with a new trailer. The 39-second promo offers a quick look at the show in action. The show’s lead narrates, as they travel between locales.

Sarazanmai will air in April 2019. The next major update is slated to be revealed on October 12.

Sarazanmai Teaser VisualThe series will be produced by studios MAPPA and Lapin Track. “Ikunirappa” is credited with the original concept, while Kunihiko Ikuhara is listed as the director.

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.

Sarazanmai Character Visual - Reo & ManbuIkuhara 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.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Animate Times (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)

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