I swear, this is going places.
Earlier today, the official Sarazanmai anime website updated with a new trailer. Much like previous promos, the 90-second teaser expands on the previous trailers by adding new scenes and audio from a fourth character’s perspective.
Sarazanmai will air in April 2019. According to Ota-suke, the trailer is expected to be expanded every week over the course of five weeks.
The 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.
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. In 2015, he directed and took charge of series composition for Yurikuma Arashi.