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Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Project's Teaser Reveals 2019 Release

posted on by Karen Ressler
Anime ran successful crowdfunding campaign in April 2017

The official Twitter account for Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) posted a new teaser video on Friday. The video reveals that the anime is in production, and the description notes that it is slated to open in 2019.

The anime's crowdfunding campaign met its goal of 15 million yen (about US$137,000) in April 2017. The anime was previously slated for this year.

Yamamoto (also known as Yamakan) himself is credited with the original work, script, direction and sound direction. Sunao Chikaoka (Wake Up, Girls!) is designing the characters, Fuyuto Muraguchi is handling for color design, and Yō Yamada (Black Bullet) is in charge of sound production. Sōhei Kano (Fractale) is composing the music. Twilight Studio will be in charge of animation.

The cast includes Kana Hanazawa, Kaori Fukuhara, Sumi Shimamoto, and Sora Amamiya.

Yamamoto is planning the anime as the last of his self-described "Tōhoku trilogy" set in Japan's Tōhoku region in the northeast. Hakubo in particular follows youths living in "the now and present" in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. (The previous two Tōhoku projects, blossom and Wake Up, Girls!, were set in the town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture and Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, respectively.)

Yamamoto said that he first conceived of the project's initial concept two decades ago when he was in college. When he mulled over what would be a good perspective to depict Fukushima, he recalled this idea from his past and set it in Tōhoku.

Yamamoto has posted his original novel that inspired the anime online.

Source: Twilight anime's Twitter account

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