Utena/Penguindrum Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Gets 3rd Teaser

posted on by Karen Ressler
Original anime from MAPPA/Lapin Track slated for 2019

The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai anime posted a third teaser on Thursday. The new teaser is labelled as the "Even if the world becomes empty" version.

Text: Cross that river. Because you will never be able to return.
Narrator: Even if everything passes by and the world becomes empty... I want to protect this bond.
Text: Don't let it go, desire is your life.

The first two teasers streamed on Monday and Tuesday.

Text: For example, even if everything passes by and the world becomes empty.
Narrator: I'll say something true. You are connected, but alone.
Narrator and Text: Don't let it go, desire is your life.

Text: Am I a lie, is the world a lie, are we a lie?
Narrator: We are connected. But that's unpleasant. But that's wanted. Who is the one with a strong desire?
Text: Don't let it go, desire is your life.

The original television anime will air in 2019.

The studios MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, In This Corner of the World, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) and Lapin Track (Yurikuma Arashi) are producing the series. "Ikunirappa" is credited with the original story; the original story of Ikuhara's earlier Yurikuma Arashi anime was similarly credited to "Ikunigomamonaka."

Ikuhara is perhaps best known as the director of the Revolutionary Girl Utena anime, a 1997 series he co-created with the Be-Papas creative group, which consisted of him, writer Yoji Enokido, animator and character designer Hasegawa Shinya, manga creator Chiho Saito, and producer Yūichirō Oguro. Before Revolutionary Girl Utena, he worked at Toei Animation, where he directed Sailor Moon R, S and SuperS. After Revolutionary Girl Utena, he did not direct another anime series until Mawaru Penguindrum in 2011. Until now, his most recent directorial work is Yuri Kuma Arashi in 2015.

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