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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Gets Theatrical Film Project in 2019

posted on by Egan Loo
Project adapts 6th, 7th light novel volumes about mysterious girl Shōko Makinohara

The advance screenings for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Bunny Girl Upperclassman), the television anime of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, announced on Saturday that there will also be a theatrical film project next year.

The Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Dreaming Girl) film project will adapt the sixth and seventh light novel volumes, Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai and Seishun Buta Yarō wa Hatsukoi Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a First-Love Girl).

The film project follows not only the main characters Sakuta Azusagawa and Mai Sakurajima, but also a mysterious girl named Shōko Makinohara. The story depicts when each of their feelings and wishes intersect.

The light novel series begins with a rumor about a mysterious phenomenon call "puberty syndrome." For example, Sakuta Azusagawa is a high school student who suddenly sees a bunny girl appear in front of him. The girl is Mai Sakurajima, Sakuta's upperclassman and also a famous actress who has gone on hiatus from the entertainment industry. For some reason, the people around Mai cannot see her bunny-girl figure. Sakuta sets out to solve this mystery, and as he spends time with Mai, he learns her secret feelings. Other heroines who have "puberty syndrome" start to appear in front of Sakuta.

The series will star:

  • Kaito Ishikawa as Sakuta Azusagawa
  • Asami Seto as Mai Sakurajima
  • Yurika Kubo as Kaede Azusagawa
  • Nao Tōyama as Tomoe Koga
  • Atsumi Tanezaki as Rio Futaba
  • Maaya Uchida as Nodoka Toyohama
  • Inori Minase as Shōko Makinohara

Yūma Uchida will play Sakuta's friend Yūma Kunimi, Himika Akaneya will play Yūma's girlfriend Saki Kamisato, and Satomi Satou will play the female television announcer Fumika Nanjō.

Sōichi Masui (Sakura Quest, Chaika - The Coffin Princess) is directing the series at A-1 Pictures' studio CloverWorks. Masahiro Yokotani (Free!, Re:ZERO) is in charge of series composition, and Satomi Tamura (animation director for Kiznaiver, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) is designing the characters. Tamura is also serving as chief animation director with Akira Takata (After the Rain, Natsume's Book of Friends). Kazuya Iwata (episode director for Your Lie in April, Recently, my sister is unusual.) is assistant director, and Yukihiro Shibutani (Case Closed, Natsume's Book of Friends) is art director.

Other staff members include:

  • Prop Design: Akira Takata
  • Art Design: Kazushi Fujii
  • Color Setting: Asuka Yokota
  • 3D Directors: Yuusuke Noma, Yūto Karasawa
  • Director of Photography: Yoshihiro Sekiya
  • 2D Work, Special Effects: Saya Uchiumi
  • Editing: Akinori Mishima
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
  • Music: fox capture plan

The all-female band the peggies is performing the opening theme song "Kimi no Sei" (Your Fault). The six main heroines (as played by their respective voice actresses) are performing the ending theme song "Fukashigi no Karte" (Mysterious Chart), and the anime's fox capture plan composed the song. The idol group Sweet Bullet is singing the insert song "BABY!"

The anime will premiere on ABC TV on October 3 at 26:15 (effectively October 4 morning at 2:15 a.m.). It will then air on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, and Nagoya Broadcasting Network on October 6.

Novel illustrator Keeji Mizoguchi drew the previously revealed character visuals for the anime.

Kadokawa published the first novel volume in the series, also titled Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai, in April 2014. Keeji Mizoguchi provides the illustrations. Kadokawa published the eighth volume on April 10.

Tsugumi Nanamiya launched a manga adaptation of the first novel volume in the January 2016 issue of Dengeki G's Comic magazine. Kadokawa published the first volume in October 2016. Tsukumo Asakusa launched a manga adaptation of the second novel, Seishun Buta Yarō wa Puchi Devil-kōhai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Petit Devil Underclassman), in the May issue of Dengeki G's Comic on March 30.

Kamoshida and Mizoguchi previously worked together on The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasō no Pet na Kanojo) light novel series, which inspired a 24-episode television anime series in 2012-2013.

Sources: Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai anime's website via Otakomu

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