News Moshidora Business Novel Gets TV Anime Next March (Update 5)
posted on 2010-10-16 05:04 EDT by Egan Loo
The Japanese public broadcaster NHK will launch an anime adaptation of Natsumi Iwasaki's Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no Management o Yondara (Moshidora) business novel in mid-March next year.
The 2009 novel, whose title has been translated as What If a Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker's "Management"?, centers around a high school girl named Minami Kawashima who becomes the baseball team manager at Tokyo's Hodokubo High School. Minami accidentally buys Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices — a classic productivity guide by the Austrian-American management guru Peter Drucker — and uses it to rally her dispirited team.
Diamond, Inc. has published over 1.3 million copies of the best-selling novel. The 10-episode anime series is aimed at men and women in their 30s and 40s, and it will run around the 10:55 p.m. timeframe. The new anime will be the first animated program to run on NHK's General channel in five years; the last animated program, MBC's Korean program Jang Geum's Dream, aired from April to December of 2006.
Source: Nikkan Sports
Update: Iwasaki once produced the all-female idol group AKB48 and worked on Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji and other television programs.
Update 2: The official website is hosting a promotional video for the novel via YouTube:
Update 3: The Sankei Shimbun paper reports that Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, The Beast Player Erin, Library War) will direct the project.
Update 4: Pony Canyon public relations representative Teppei Nojima confirmed that Production I.G is producing the animation and that Jun'ichi Fujisaku (The Beast Player Erin, Blood+, XxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream) is supervising the scripts. [Via Moon Phase]
Update 5: The official website now has a preview page.
Image © Natsumi Iwasaki, Diamond, Inc./NHK, NEP, IG
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