Daiki Yamashita Joins the Business Shellfish Anime Shorts
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The daily "Asa Da yo! Kaishain" (It's Morning! Clamployees) segment on Zip TV is one of the strangest animated shorts currently airing. The program stars a group of office worker mollusks with various attributes related to puns based on their names. They also routinely do tongue-in-cheek references to voice actors' other works like Idolish 7 characters, Gintama, and REBORN!.
The program announced a new cast member on Wednesday. Daiki Yamashita joined the strange crew in Friday's episode as Ishigai, an excessively serious worker. Viewers can expect Ishigai to act as a foil to the character Asari, who is always trying to get out of work.
Ishigai refers to Unio douglasiae, a type of freshwater mussel.
The Friday episode also featured a reference to the Ensemble Stars male idol-raising game. Friday is game character's Ritsu Sakuma's birthday. Asari takes the opportunity to cosplay as Ritsu, but is stopped by Ishigai.
Ishigai: "I don't understand why you're cosplaying as other characters. First of all, it has nothing to do with business. Therefore, no more!"
Voice actor Takuya Eguchi joined the cast earlier this year as Higai. The Clamployees started appearing on the morning program over a year ago, and the shorts also screened at TOHO Cinemas.