Sacks&Guns!! Sci-Fi Anime Casts Kanon Obata as Heroine Memenpu
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official blog for Project Anima announced on Monday that Kanon Obata will voice the role of the heroine Memenpu in Sacks&Guns!!, Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel. Obata and Project Anima staff took a photograph featuring a standee depicting Memenpu (seen below).
1,400 people applied in the auditions for the heroine role, including 300 professional applicants and 1,100 amateur applicants. 10 judges chose Obata, a college student, from among seven finalists.
The visual below depicts the underground colony of Pinyin, where the father Gagamba and his daughter Memenpu — the story's protagonists — live.
Jun'ichi Wada (WorldEnd, Caligula) is directing the anime at Satelight. Yuji Iwahara (King of Thorn, Darker than Black, Dimension W) is the original character designer. Stanislas Brunet (Macross Delta) is the mechanical designer. Kazumi Kōda (NieR: Automata) is the concept designer. Yūri Shibamura (Marginal Operation) is credited for scenario cooperation. Eriko Kimura is the sound director at Tohokushinsha Film Corporation.
The anime is slated for a 2020 broadcast.
Project Anima accepted story submissions from the general public through DeNA's MangaBox, Everystar, and similar user-submitted content platforms. DeNA, Sotsu Co., Ltd., Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, and MBS hosted competitions in three categories. Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker novel was the runner-up in the "Science-Fiction/Robot" category. (The judges did not award the novel a grand prize.) The contest also had an "Alternate World/Fantasy" and "Kids/Game" categories.