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YU-NO Anime Reveals Director, Designer, Plans to Depict All Routes

posted on by Egan Loo
26 episodes to feature all characters from original visual novel

The GENCO New Anime Stage event at AnimeJapan 2018 announced the main staff and story plans for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel on Saturday. Tetsuo Hirakawa (Grimoire of Zero) is directing the anime, and Mai Otsuka (This Art Club Has a Problem!, Shakugan no Shana) is designing the characters.

In a video message, Hirakawa reaffirmed that the anime will run for 26 episodes over the course of half a year (or two cours). He added the anime will depict all the characters and all the routes from the original game. While the game unfolded from the first-person perspective of the protagonist Takuya, the anime will also depict the relationships of the girls around Takuya. Hirakawa vowed that the anime "will outdo the game in dirty jokes," that Mio "will be even more tsundere," and that Kanna "will be even more mysterious."

Game developer MAGES., production company GENCO, and anime studio feel. are partnering for the anime project. Studio feel. is producing the animation. The companies first announced the project in December 2016.

The original, critically acclaimed 1996 game for the PC-98 computer platform inspired the four-part 1998-1999 adult anime YU-NO. 5pb. then released the game for the Sega Saturn in 1997 and for Windows PC in 2000. MAGES. and 5pb. Games' has since released a remake of the game in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita . The "Original NEC PC-9800 Series Edition" of the remake was also released.

The game's cast includes:

Yuu Hayashi as Takuya Arima
Maaya Uchida as Kanna Hatano
Saori Ōnishi as Mitsuki Ichijo
Rie Kugimiya as Mio Shimazu
Yū Kobayashi as Eriko Takeda
Rena Maeda as Kaori Asakura
Kaori Nazuka as Ayumi Arima

Ari Ozawa (Yu-no in 2017 version), Hayashi, Kugimiya, and Uchida appeared at Saturday's event.

The original game also inspired a manga adaptation by Mario Kaneda (Girls Bravo, Saving Life), which ran in Enix's (now Square Enix) G Fantasy magazine from 1997 to 1998. A new manga adaptation by Sawji Ishida launched on Kadokawa's Comic Clear website last March.

Source: Comic Natalie

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