Wake Up, Girls' Yutaka Yamamoto to Announce New Anime Film Project on Saturday
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime director Yutaka Yamamoto (Yamakan) announced on Tuesday that he will appear alongside critic Tsunehiro Uno on the livestream program "Anime Gyōkai no Mirai wa Akarui desu ka? Sore tomo..." (Is the Anime Industry's Future Bright? Or is it...) on Saturday to announce his new anime film project in the program's second half.
The program's first half will feature Uno and Yamamoto discussing the state of the anime industry.
Yamamoto had previously revealed in December that he is already considering a new project, and revealed a visual.
Yamamoto announced on Twitter last May that he was taking an indefinite leave to recuperate after "far too unreasonable circumstances piling up" caused him to be in poor health. Yamamoto founded his studio Ordet in 2008 after leaving Kyoto Animation in 2007. The studio worked on Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens with A-1 Pictures, with Yamamoto as director. He has also directed the Fractale series, and directed and supervised the Wake Up, Girls! idol series and films. The franchise's latest entry, the Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom film, premiered in Japan in December 2015. A new Wake Up, Girls! TV anime has been green-lit for this year, but Yamamoto and Ordet are no longer working on the new project.
Before leaving Kyoto Animation, Yamamoto most notably served as the series production director on the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime. He is also credited as an assistant director for Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time. He also directed and storyboarded episodes of Air, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, and Kanon. His last work with Kyoto Animation was directing the first four episodes of Lucky Star.
[Via Hachima Kikō]