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Pet Girl of Sakurasou Creator, Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga Artist's Original Anime 'Just Because!' Revealed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime about high school students nearing graduation profiles characters, staff

The July issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine revealed more details for the anime project collaboration that involves artist Kiseki Himura (Sword Art Online: Progressive manga, Tawawa on Monday) and light novel author Hajime Kamoshida (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) on Tuesday. The new original anime is titled Just Because!

The magazine describes the anime's story:

The original anime Just Because! focuses on subtly portraying the feelings of a group of high school students nearing graduation. Near the end of second semester at third year, when students have very little time in high school left, and are just waiting for graduation, the appearance of a new transfer student begins to change what remains of their high school lives just as they were about to graduate.

The anime's characters include:

Eita Izumi
Eita is a transfer student who has lived away from the town where Mio and the others lived for four years, but has now returned. He had been close friends with Haruto since middle school, and his transfer into their high school is a reunion for them.

Haruto Sōma
Haruto is a baseball team member who has already secured a job after graduation. He plans to hit the home run that he couldn't hit during the summer competition, and confess to someone he likes.

Mio Natsumi
Mio was Eita and Haruto's classmate during middle school. She plans to enroll in college and is studying hard to make that happen. Her unrequited feelings for a middle school crush still influence her.

Hazuki Morikawa
Hazuki is a member of the school concert band that has already decided on her preferred college. Her family has tended to a farm since her grandfather's time. She does not stand out in class, and seems uninterested in romantic relationships.

Ena Komiya
Ena is a second-year student, and a member of the photography club that is close to being disbanded. In order to save the club, she plans to enter a photography competition. In search of a good photo, she witnesses the reunion between Eita and Haruto.

Atsushi Kobayashi (Girls & Panzer storyboards, episode director) is directing the anime at PINE JAM, with Kamoshida as the scriptwriter and Himura as the original character designer. Hiroyuki Yoshii (Tawawa on Monday) is adapting the character designs for animation. Singer-songwriter Nagi Yanagi (A Lull in the Sea, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Bakemonogatari) is credited as music producer, and Keisuke Fukunaga (Tawawa on Monday) is credited as producer.

A website briefly opened about a new anime by the two creators on April Fools' Day, but the magazine emphasized that the new anime is real.

This article has a follow-up: Original High School Anime 'Just Because!' Unveils Trailer, Characters (2017-05-30 00:00)
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