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Maiden Japan Licenses Asura Cryin', Kanamemo Anime

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Both series premiered in 2009

Section23's Maiden Japan imprint announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Asura Cryin' and Kanamemo television anime series. Both anime premiered in Japan in 2009.

Maiden Japan describes the story of Asura Cryin':

Some people are haunted by memories. Tomoharu is haunted by his friend Misao, who died in a horrible plane crash that Tomoharu somehow survived. However, while having a girl that no one else can see hanging around is a little odd, it's not until Tomoharu's mom gets remarried, leaving him alone, that things get really weird: A mysterious girl appears with a package that Tomoharu is supposed to guard. A second girl breaks into the house, demanding something called an “extractor.” And both girls can inexplicably see Misao! As more people target the package and Tomoharu, the mystery only deepens. What's in the package, why are so many people after it, and is it connected to the plane crash or something even more sinister?

The anime adapts Gakuto Mikumo and Nao Watanuki's original light novel series. Keizou Kusakawa (Campione!, Inukami!) directed the anime at Seven Arcs (ViVid Strike!, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's). Katsuhiko Koide (Shaman King, Over Drive) was in charge of series composition, and Koide, Deko Akao, and Natsuko Takahashi wrote the scripts. Atsushi Komori (chief animation director for Golden Time, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) designed the characters based on Watanuki's original designs.

Maiden Japan describes the story of Kanamemo:

13 is really young to have to take care of yourself, but when her grandmother dies, Kana Nakamachi unexpectedly finds herself out on the street looking for a new place to live. Fortunately, luck takes her to a local newspaper office that needs a new delivery girl, and the pay includes room and board! Of course, there are a few problems at first: besides being underage, Kana doesn't even know how to ride a bike! So it's a good thing that her new co-workers are willing to help her out, even if most of them are more than a little eccentric. But between Saki, the group's elementary school age chief, sugar-obsessed Yume, her neurotic girlfriend Yuuki, tomboyish Hinata, and lecherous Haruka, they'll get Kana up, on her feet and delivering papers with a smile!

The anime adapts Shōko Iwami's slice-of-life comedy manga series. Shigehito Takayanagi (Dagashi Kashi, The World God Only Knows) directed the anime at feel. (Dagashi Kashi, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!). Rika Nakase (Junjō Romantica, Rocket Girls) was in charge of series composition, and Nakase, Michiko Yokote, and Yasuko Kamo wrote the scenario. Shinichi Tatsuta (animation director for Island, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) designed the characters.

Source: Press releases


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