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Working!!/Wagnaria!! TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

posted on 2011-04-01 12:26 EDT
2nd season's trailer streamed; "new project" was teased last week

The official website for the television anime Working!! confirmed on Saturday that production on a second season of the anime has been green-lit. The website also features a trailer in which several characters announce the new season.

The official news page on the site lists some additional information, including that Atsushi Ootsuki (Ladies versus Butlers!) will helm the new series rather than first season director Yoshimasa Hiraike, and Takao Yoshioka will take over Hiraike's series script supervisor role. Music composer monaca and character designer/chief animation director Shingo Adachi will both remain on board at A-1 Pictures Inc.

Although the trailer went online on April Fools Day in North America, its timing coincides with April 2 in Japan, and the characters in the trailer refer to April Fools being the day prior. (On April 1 Japan Standard Time, the site featured a different trailer which also referred to the popular pranking "holiday.") Last week, the series' website and manga teased fans that a "new project" was in the works, with the website featuring a countdown until April 1.

Working!! is based on Karino Takatsu's manga of the same name, which revolves around a high school freshman named Sota Takanashi who works part-time among a restaurant's high-spirited, eccentric, yet cool staffers. The first TV season was announced in 2009 and aired during the spring 2010 anime season. NIS America, the American subsidiary of the Nippon Ichi Software videogame company, licensed the series last November and released it under the name Wagnaria!! earlier this month.

Thanks to Clow_Shirow for the news tip.

Update: The website also announced plans for a first season Blu-ray Box, a character song series, and a Wagnaria!! event. The first season Blu-ray Box will go on sale on August 24 with re-shot high definition footage, character commentaries for all episodes (as written by Takatsu), and deluxe bonus extras.

The character song series will have seven titles released over the course of four months. The first two titles will feature Sōta Takanashi and Popura Taneshima and will ship on June 22. Finally, a "Wagnaria!! ~Natsu no Dai-Daikansha-sai~ 2011" event with the voice cast will take place in Tokyo on June 26.


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