Tsutomu Mizushima Directs New Genshiken Anime at I.G
posted on by Egan Loo
The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is revealing that the television anime of Shimoku Kio's Genshiken Second Season sequel manga is coming from a new studio. Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Squid Girl, xxxHOLiC, Genshiken OAV, episode director on first Genshiken) is serving as both director and sound director at Production I.G. Michiko Yokote is returning from the previous Genshiken projects to supervise the series scripts, and Junichirō Taniguchi (Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku) is the new character designer.
Toshihisa Kaiya (Bunny Drop, Robotics;Notes, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex episode animation director) and Taniguchi are collaborating as chief animation directors. Studio Fuga's Ichirou Tatsuta (Bunny Drop, Robotics;Notes) is serving as art director with Katsufumi Hariu (Yuruyuri, Katanagatari) designing art and Emiko Ueno (Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san, Psycho-Pass) in charge of color keys. Takayuki Uragami is designing clothes, and Shingo Takenaka is designing props.
Fumio Kogawa is serving as director of photography, while Junichi Uematsu is editing. The studio Dandelion (Blood-C: The Last Dark) is in charge of 3D animation, and Starchild Records is producing the music.
The new anime will premiere this summer, and the next issue of Monthly Afternoon will announce the new cast members in May.
Takashi Ikehata directed the first Genshiken anime series at Palm Studio, and Mizushima directed the opening and ending animation sequences. Mizushima also directed the Genshiken video anime at the studio Asiadou, while Kinji Yoshimoto directed the Genshiken 2 sequel anime (not to be confused with the upcoming Genshiken Second Season anime) at the studio ARMS in collaboration with Asiadou.
The Genshiken: Second Season manga continues the adventures of the otaku college club "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture." Kodansha Comics published the second volume of this manga in North America in March. Del Rey released the first Genshiken manga series as well as the Kujibiki Unbalance spinoff in North America.
Media Blasters licensed the first two Genshiken television anime series, the Genshiken videos, and the Kujibiki Unbalance anime in North America. In Japan, Showgate and Media Factory will include all of these earlier Genshiken anime projects in a Genshiken Complete Blu-ray Box illustrated by Kio on June 26.
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