Last Exile's Range Murata Designs 'Yuyake Dandan' Shorts
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
An official website for the "Yuyake Dandan" series of anime shorts launched on Wednesday and announced that Range Murata (Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-, Shangri-La) is designing the characters. The anime will debut in 109 Cinemas theaters throughout Japan on April 1.
109 Cinemas is producing the shorts to screen alongside trailers and other promotional at its theaters. The anime will run before feature film screenings in all 109 Cinemas theaters. A new anime short will screen every month.
The shorts are set on a stairway where the sunset can be enjoyed near Tokyo's JR Nippori Station. The story centers on the female high school student Nanami and the mysterious cat Kotobuki. In a nostalgic atmosphere, they have strange conversations and relax as the sun sets. Foul language and Kotobuki's peculiar, grandfatherly Edo dialect intersperse their conversations. Kotobuki has an extensive knowledge in certain fields and lives in his own world.
Nanami doesn't understand everything he says, but her varied interests and current curiosity with Kotobuki keep her lingering by his side.
New voice actress Akane Shiba was chosen in an audition for the role of Nanami. Veteran voice actor Kouichi Yamadera (Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell) will play Kotobuki.
Hideki Futamura (Limit Cycle, Halo Legends, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) is directing the anime short at Victor Studio 501. Bunō Fujisawa is writing the script, and Akemi Imano (CLAMP in Wonderland 2) is serving as art director. Flying Dog's Shiro Sasaki (Space Dandy, Last Exile, Btooom!) is in charge of planning, and Takurō Iga is composing the music.
In addition to his artbooks and manga, Murata created the character designs for anime such as Blue Submarine No. 6 and Last Exile. Murata provided artwork for a new Attack on Titan novel Kakuzetsu Toshi no Jōō (The Queen of the Isolated City) in August. He released some of his dōjinshi (self-published) works on iOS devices, including his first art book as an iPad app in English. Murata was voted "Best Artist of the Year" in the 2006 Seiun Awards.
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