The full context doesn’t make this any less mysterious… only more intriguing.

Earlier today, the official Sarazanmai anime website updated with a new trailer. In addition to the teaser, the site updated with the show’s main cast and crew. We break the details down below.


Much like the four promos that came before it, the two-minute promo adds new footage from additional character perspectives.


Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yurikuma Arashi) will direct the project at studios Mappa an Lapin Track, with Kayoko Ishikawa providing of character designs. The team of Teruko Utsumi and Kunihiko Ikuhara will take charge of series composition.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Original Concept: Ikunirappa
  • Chief Director: Nobuyuki Takeuchi
  • Original Character Design: Miggy
  • Chief Animation Director: Kayoko Ishikawa
  • Conceptual Designs: Katsunori Shibata
  • Conceptual Designs: Maimu Matsushima
  • Art Director: Ayaka Fuji (Studio Pablo)
  • Background: Ayaka Fuji (Studio Pablo)
  • Music: Yukari Hashimoto


Sarazanmai Teaser VisualThe confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Kazuki Yasaka: Ayumu Murase
  • Yū Kuji: Kouki Uchiyama
  • Enta Jinnouchi: Shun Horie
  • Keppi: Junichi Suwabe
  • Reo Shinsei: Mamoru Miyano
  • Mabu Akutsu: Yoshimasa Hosoya

Sarazanmai will air on Fuji TV’s NoitaminA Block in April 2019. As a reminder, Amazon currently holds the exclusive digital rights to all NoitaminA titles for the foreseeable future.

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. In 2015, he directed and took charge of series composition for Yurikuma Arashi.

Source: Twitter (Sarazanmai)