Beachside Novel Kurage no Shokudō Has Anime in the Works

posted on 2014-05-12 00:00 EDT
Yozakura Quartet staffers adapt Miyako Aoyama's story of a boy discovered on a beach

An anime adaptation of Miyako Aoyama's serialized light novel Kurage no Shokudō (literally, Jellyfish Restaurant) is "moving steadily along." The 38th issue of Starchild and Kodansha Box's digital literary publication BOX-AiR debuted this month with confirmation of this anime, the third one under the BOX-AiR program.

In the story, the protagonist finds himself lying on the beach one day. He is picked up by Arashi, who manages a restaurant called Kurage no Shokudō. When asked who he is, the protagonist tells a lie that he lost his memory — but he remembers everything, including the fact that his twin brother died.

Chinese illustrator Yingle Zhao drew the art for the serialized novel. Hiromi Taniguchi (animation director on Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~) is making her directorial debut on this anime and designing the characters. Chika Suzumura (Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~, Muromi-san) is in the middle of brushing up the script scenario.

The Kodansha Box imprint and King Records' Starchild Records label run the BOX-AiR program, which "considers" adapting the winners of the magazine's award into anime. The "Kodansha BOX-AiR Newcomer of the Year Award" launched in 2011, and the organizers selected Aruvu Rezuru -Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi- out the first 11 award winners for BOX-AiR's first-ever anime. This anime eventually became part of the Anime Mirai 2013 lineup.

Mitsuwano won the program's 12th award in 2012. The organizers then revealed last year that Mitsuwano would be getting an anime adaptation also.

[Via Yaraon!]

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