Hori-san & Miyamura-kun School Manga Gets 3rd Video Anime at New Studio
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Tarō Yamada, the general producer on the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of Hero's Hori-san to Miyamura-kun manga, revealed in an interview on Monday that a third episode in the series is currently in production at his new animation studio, Marone.
He noted that from episode three, the anime will "be independent animation production, in a serious sense." Yamada also added that within the company's space, the anime's director, storyboard director and others are present, but a majority of the animators work from home.
In regards to the release of the third episode of the OVA, he explained that the studio is aiming to ship the episode sometime this winter. Yamada added that the anime has a new director and the character designs have been completely remade, and he commented that he thought that Remi's hair was too long. Although the anime might seem a bit different than previous installments, he assured fans that it will be a very fun episode, and also said that he would like to speed up the pace on animation production from episode four onward.
Original creator Hero also drew a special illustration in celebration of the new anime volume, saying that Hero wanted to send an anime with such visuals and quality that fans would feel good about obtaining it.
The four-panel school comedy manga follows the "sweet-and-sour" adolescence of Kyōko Hori and Izumi Miyamura. Hori is the most popular and gorgeous girl at school, while Miyamura is an introverted, eyeglasses-wearing boy. However, both find out that their appearances at school are not as they seem, as it turns out that Hori is a laid-back family girl, and Miyamura is a handsome young man covered in piercings and tattoos. The two find that they have more in common than they once thought.
HERO launched the manga on Square Enix's Gangan Online website in 2007, and Square Enix published the 10th and final compiled book volume in December 2011. Artist Daisuke Hagiwara launched a spinoff manga called Hori-Miya in Monthly G Fantasy in 2011, and the fourth volume is shipping on October 26. The first original video anime shipped in September 2012 and a second followed in March of this year, but the animation was produced at studio Hoods Entertainment.
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