TV Anime Sarazanmai Teases Key Visual, New Characters Revealed
22.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Sarazanmai is an upcoming original TV anime series directed by creative artist Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) that is set to begin airing in April 2019 on Fuji Television’s Noitamina block.
The series will be set in Asakusa. The new visual released features the main cast including a new character by the name of Sara Azuma, a local idol of Asakusa, who will be voiced by the Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko.
A lyric video has also been released of Hokago Kappa, a song that will feature in the series.
A pre-screening of the first three episodes along with a talk show for the series will take place on March 31, 2019. Kunihiko Ikuhara and several members of the voice cast will be present at the event. Applications for the event open on February 22 at noon (JST).
Sarazanmai Talk Show
Date: March 31, 2019
Time: Slot 1 – Open 16:00, Start 16:30 / Slot 2 – Open 19:00, Start 19:30
Guests: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Ayumu Murase, Kōki Uchiyama, Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya
*Guest line-up subject to change without notice.
Price: ¥3,500 (Tax Included) *Comes with souvenir. Separate handling fees apply.
Application Window: February 22, 2019 at 12:00 – March 3, 2019 at 23:59
Application:https://l-tike.com/sarazanmai-pr (L-Code: 32110)
TV Anime “Sarazanmai”
Initial Broadcast: April 2019
Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com
Watch Sarazanmai in a Single Sitting at Tokyo’s Anime ZONE Cinema
30.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME
TV anime series Sarazanmai wrapped up its story on June 20 with its final episode.
If you’re in Tokyo from July 19, you’ll want to head on over to Anime ZONE in Ikebukuro, a cinema that screens anime series all day, as it has announced that it will screen all of Sarazanmai‘s eleven episodes in one sitting. Ticket prices and other information will be announced on the official website in the weeks leading up to it.
Anime ZONE is a new way to enjoy anime series, giving fans a chance who watched a series on their television, computer or smartphone to see it on the big screen with surround sound. The cinema hosts seasonal events, invites staff who have worked on particular anime series to talk, and more. Their catalogue offers a multitude of shows, from the latest series to older masterpieces.
Full Music Video for Massara by KANA-BOON Now on YouTube
KANA-BOON are currently celebrating five years since their debut with “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.” On June 12, the full version music video for KANA-BOON’s newest song Massara was unveiled.
Massara was released on June 12, marking the end of KANA-BOON’S five-year commemoration project. This makes it a very significant song in their career.
Massara is currently the opening for NoitaminA TV anime Sarazanmai. After the release of the short version music video, fans just could not contain their excitement for the release of the full version video.
From the moment the introduction starts, KANA-BOON powers through the entire song. From the way vocalist/guitarist Maguro Taniguchi passionately screams from the bottom of his heart with deep feeling etched into his face, to the emotional guitar solo, the entire band pulled out all the stops to create this powerful piece. KANA-BOON is set in motion and they just cannot stop improving and striving forward.
This music video is the perfect way to wrap up KANA-BOON’s five-year commemoration project so please check it out.
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): [KSCL-3160～3161] ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
Includes Doudemoii Omake 022
Regular Edition (CD-Only): [KSCL-3162] ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Includes Doudemoii Omake 022
Stream/download from: https://kmu.lnk.to/massara
KANA-BOON 5-year Commemoration Website: http://kanaboon.jp/feature/5th_anniversary
KANA-BOON Official Website: http://www.kanaboon.com
Sarazanmai Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com/
the peggies Release Sarazanmai Ending Theme ‘Stand By Me’ Music Video
Japanese pop-rock band the peggies dropped their song Stand By Me at the end of April which serves as the ending theme for the TV anime series Sarazanmai. Today, the full music video for the song hits YouTube over on Sony Music’s official channel.
*May be unavailable in certain regions.
The music video has a sense of loneliness to it as we see focused shots of each member on their own. Vocalist and guitarist Yûho Kitazawa in particular expresses her emotions as she sings her heart out in the rain.
The music video is available for limited-time viewing and is scheduled to be removed on July 31, 2019.
Ren Koseki’s Top 5 Recommended 2019 Spring Anime
Hello, readers! I’m Ren Koseki. Spring is here, and we’re about to enter the Reiwa era.
When talking about spring, we’ve got to talk about spring anime! I’ve picked up some series from the season and compiled them into a list for you all with my own comments and opinions. Let’s go!
— 「世話やきキツネの仙狐さん」公式 (@sewayakisenko) 2019年4月10日
- The Helpful Fox Senko-san
For those of you who need a relaxing break from the demands of day-to-day life, I recommend this moe-packed, heart-healing series!
The story follows Kuroto Nakano, a salary man completely exhausted from his mundane routine of simply going back and forth to and from work. One day, an 800-year-old fox girl by the name of Senko appears to him to take care of him. There are flashback scenes every now and then that hint at Kuroto having met Senko when he was a child. Watching their relationship unfold is interesting to watch. At any rate, this is one that people who are also fatigued should watch so they can feel cared for too.
You can never predict what’s coming next or how the story will develop in this anime series!
Three middle school boys are transformed into kappa by Keppi who steals their shirokodama. In order for them to return to their human forms, they must fight kappa zombies by removing their shirokodama from them and retrieving their wish-granting dishes. The atmosphere of the series is ever-changing. At one point it suddenly turns into a musical with the kappa singing and dancing. It’s an anime where you won’t get the full scope by just watching two or three episodes, and while it’s still ongoing that fact even now holds true.
— ＴＶアニメ「キャロル＆チューズデイ」(公式) (@carole_tuesday) April 25, 2019
- Carole & Tuesday
This series is set in a world 50 years after humans have migrated to Mars. It’s an age where most of the culture is created by AI.
The story follows Carole, who was raised in a facility, and Tuesday, who was born into a wealthy family. These two musicians are drawn together by the same solitude they feel and dreams they hold. In an age where AI creates hit songs, these two characters’ voices will change the world.
You will of course be invested in this story but it’s the music that these two create that you will end up becoming a fan of. I’m interested to see how their voices will change this lonely, AI-developed world.
— TVアニメ「真夜中のオカルト公務員」公式アカウント (@occultkoumuin) April 29, 2019
- Midnight Occult Civil Servants
Miyako Arata joins the “Nighttime Regional Relations” department of Shinjuku Ward Office. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards in this story is home to one such department. Their work sees them coming into contact with occult-like beings such as gods, spirits and angels. These beings appear in order to patch things up where an ordinary human encounters some kind of problem.
Miyako is supposed to be just a newbie, but he has an ability that none of the others have: he is able to communicate with these beings. His roots, and the events surrounding theme, are another interesting part of this interesting anime!
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
This is an anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which is currently serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump.
The protagonist Tanjiro lived a happy live together with his family in the mountains where they sold charcoal. One day a demon comes and slaughters his family. The sole survivor, Tanjiro’s sister, is turned into a demon, though not completely. Tanjiro sets off to find a way to turn his sister back into a human. The story is harsh and the battle scenes are exhilarating. Will Tanjiro be able to save his sister? We will find out as we carry on watching the story unfold.
These are the five anime series I am checking out this season! Asakusa in Sarazanmai and Shinjuku in Midnight Occult Civil Servants are actual places so it’s fun to watch! It might be fun to visit the locations they visit too.
It’s looking to be a great spring this year with so many great looking anime series this season.
Earns charismatic support as a model from young girls. She appears in a variety of media with her cute appearance which says things you cannot imagine and speaks the opinions of a generation. She also films, edits and posts videos on her YouTube channel, ‘Ren Channel.’
the peggies Release TV Anime Sarazanmai ‘Stand By Me’ Ending Theme Music Video
Pop rock band the peggies released their first major studio album Hell like Heaven on February 6. Right now, they are knee deep in their nationwide tour of Japan.
It was previously announced that the band will release their song Stand By Me on May 29, the ending theme for the hugely popular ongoing anime series Sarazanmai. But today, the band has just dropped the track’s music video. The emotional video features them on the dim and rainy streets illuminated by car light.
the peggies – “Stand By Me” Music Video Short Ver.
The band also unveiled the singles’ CD covers as well as a new artist photo.
Regular Edition copies feature vocalist and guitarist Yuuho Kitazawa standing alone in a desert.
Limited Pressing Edition copies feature artwork taken from the Sarazanmai anime series. It has the three main characters walking through Asakusa where the series is set. These copies also come is special tall-size packaging and are coupled with a DVD which has the anime’s creditless ending theme video on it.
Fans can get their hands on the above-listed pieces of bonus merchandise when buying the single at the respective stores. When purchased at TOWER RECORDS or the band’s fan store they will receive one of two original stickers designed by Yuuho. When bought at Sony Music Shop they will get a set of two pin badges also designed by her. These are all limited in stock.
If fans buy the CD from the band’s ongoing tour “the peggies tour 2019 Hell like Heaven trip” they can have their copy signed by the band at the venue. Details on the tour can be found on the band’s official website.
Stand By Me
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,080 (Tax Included) [ESCL-5244]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Tax Included) [ESCL-5245-6]
the peggies Official Website: http://thepeggies.jp/
KANA-BOON Reveal Release Date For TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ Opening Theme ‘Massara’
KANA-BOON have revealed that they will release their new single Massara (“Brand New”) on June 12. The refreshing-sounding and feel-good song is being used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sarazanmai.
The single is coupled with the up-tempo track FLYERS which features wordplay by the band’s vocalist Maguro Taniguchi.
First Press Limited Edition copies of the single come with a DVD featuring the band’s performance at Yokohama Bay Hall taken from their 55-date tour “Let’s go 55 ONE-MAAN!!” held across all 47 prefectures of Japan, as well as a tour documentary. The footage comes as proof of KANA-BOON having refined their live performances even more.
Additionally, the CD cover art is a photo of KANA-BOON’s muse Yukino Kishii who has appeared in several of their music videos including Naimononedari, 1.2. step to you and Ikiteyuku. This marks her 5th year working with the band.
KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi released the following statement on the new single: “It’s been 5 years our debut during which we have come to perform at some crazy events and have release many songs. We are now adding a new song to the repertoire. It’s the theme song for the anime series Sarazanmai. We themed the lyrics on ‘connections’ as the [anime’s] story is rooted in that. You and I, me and you, the world and myself, the stage and the floor, a person I have never seen before and one I have. I want this song to take on both the role of creating new connections and reconnecting things.”
Release Date: June 12, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥2,300 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3160～3161]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,000 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3162]
Sarazanmai Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com/
KANA-BOON 5th Anniversary Website: http://kanaboon.jp/feature/5th_anniversary
Small snippet and storyline of new anime Sarazanmai has been revealed!
11.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Sarazanmai is an upcoming original TV anime series directed by creative artist Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) that is set to finally begin airing from Thursday 11th April 2019 on Fuji Television’s Noitamina block.
There are many keywords buzzing around the anime’s original and well written storyline which strikes our curiosity, such as Kappa (a Japanese folklore demon) and Shirikodama ( a mythical organ that kappa steal from the anus). From the exciting cast members to Sarazanmai’s collaboration with sushi chain store Sushizanmai, there is just so much going on to raise the tension for anime fans. Finally, just as the first episode is about to air, a small snippet and storyline summary have been unveiled.
The story is set in Asakusa, Tokyo. Three students in their second year of middle school, namely Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinai, encounter a kappa named Keppi, who claims to be the heir to the throne of the Kappa Kingdom. Keppi steals the students’ shirikodama, transforming the students into kappa. What mission do the three friends have to complete in order to return to their original human forms?
The start of Sarazanmai marks the first day you can plunge deeper than you ever could into Kunihiko Ikuhara’s world. Don’t miss out on the first broadcast!
Fuji Television’s Noitamina block
Initial broadcast: Thurs 11/04 from 24:55
Also available on Animax and other broadcasting services
※ Broadcasting times and dates are subject to change
Official website: http://sarazanmai.com
TV Anime Sarazanmai Inspired Sushi Released at Restaurant Sushizanmai
TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.
As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.
Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.
Sarazanmai x Sushizanmai Collaboration
Running: April 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Participating Branches: Asakusa Kaminarimon, Ikebukuro Higashi-guchi, Higashi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Hishigashi-guchi, Shibuya Higashi-guchi, Shibuya Tokyu Honten, Shibuya Dogzenzaka Centre Building, Akihabara Showa-dori
Sarazanma Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com/
Sushizanmai Official Website: http://www.kiyomura.co.jp/
The ending theme song for anime “Sarazanmai” has been released!
From “Revolutionary Girl Utena” to “Penguindrum”, creator of numerous hit anime Kunihiko Ikuhara is releasing a new original anime called “Sarazanmai”. The first episode will be broadcasted on Thursday 11th April at 00:55 am.
Following the release of the official trailer, the opening theme song “Massara” by KANA-BOON was released just yesterday, and today the ending theme song “Stand by me” by the peggies was released!
A statement by the peggies vocalist/guitarist Yûho Kitazawa, who was in charge of the ending theme song, has arrived!
The peggies Yûho Kitazawa (Vo.Gt) :
We live in a world of contradiction. No matter how close we get to each other or how much we share memories with others, we are never truly there for ourselves. We find it hard to accept ourselves for who we are. We are always thinking; “I want people to feel this way about me”; “I want people to want me”; “My craving is never satisfied”. In order to achieve our desires, we take a few steps away from our hearts and lie.
We are the peggies, and we are in charge of the ending theme song for the anime “Sarazanmai”. The anime clearly depicts the clumsy human race in a very realistic way. This is where we found a burning desire to fulfill. There are many times that desire leads us to dead ends, however there are many times that desire leads us to our futures. That is why we call on everybody to never take their eyes of their desires; to stand and chase them despite any despair that tries to pull us down. Our song “Stand by me” comes with this message. We hope that this song helps to deliver the story and main messages from “Sarazanmai” to you. We are extremely looking forward to its release!
Broadcast starts: 00:55 am on Thursday 11th April.
※ Available on Fuji TV NoitaminA, Animax, and other networks.
※ Broadcasting dates and times are subject to change.
Official website: http://sarazanmai.com/
© Ikuni Rappa／ Shiriko Mandansu
KANA-BOON’s new song becomes opening theme song for anime “Sarazanmai”!
From “Revolutionary Girl Utena” to “Penguindrum”, Kunihiko Ikuhara is a creative artist who has worked on multiple big hits including Sarazanmai. Sarazanmai will be broadcasted on Fuji-TV’s programming block “NoitaminA” from April 2019.
The opening theme song will be KANA-BOON’s new song “Massara”. We have finally received a statement by vocalist Maguro Taniguchi, explaining how he felt about making the song. You can hear the song when the anime is broadcasted on NoitaminA on Thursday 7th March at 00:55 am. News about the release of the opening theme song is yet to follow!
Statement by KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi:
It’s been five years since our debut and since then we’ve held wild events and released many songs. Now, we have made yet another hit. The song will be the theme song for the anime “Sarazanmai”.
As the story of the anime focusses on “connections”, we put this theme at the core of our song and from there, we composed the lyrics. Me and you, the world and yourself, the stage and the floor; two people who are yet to meet. Giving birth to new connections and amending broken ties ー this is the role we intend for this song. At the peak of our tour, when we are jumping from hotel to hotel, and even when we are on the move in the car, we compose songs. These songs are a continuation of constant new feelings and that make up our very own theme song.
KANA-BOON’s new song Massara (まっさら)
Release date: To be announced
TV anime “Sarazanmai”
To be broadcasted on Fuji-TV’s programming block “NoitaminA” from April 2019.
© Ikuni Rappa／ Shiriko Mandansu
TV Anime Sarazanmai Launching in April Along With Exhibition Dedicated to its Creator Kunihiko Ikuhara
28.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME
From “Revolutionary Girl Utena” to “Penguindrum”, Kunihiko Ikuhara is a creative artist who has worked on multiple big hits including Sarazanmai, which he directed. Sarazanmai will be broadcasted on Fuji-TV’s programming block “NoitaminA” from April 2019.
In addition, there will be an exhibition dedicated to Kunihiko Ikuhara and his works called “Kunihiko Ikuhara Bokutachi wo tsunageru yokubo to kakumei no seizon senryaku” (The survival strategy of desire and revolution that connects us). This will be held at Space 634 in Tokyo Solamachi from Saturday 27th April to the national holiday Monday 6th May 2019. The exhibition will be your chance to witness the works of the genius who caused a revolutionary change in anime and manga. You can see his multiple works and amazing projects here too. His older works such as Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum and Yurikuma Arashi, as well as his most recent project Sarazanmai will feature at the exhibition. You can also learn about what he is currently doing and his future projects. This is the perfect exhibition for those who are curious about the past, present and future of Kunihiko Ikuhara.
To commemorate this exhibition and the release of his new anime Sarazanmai”, all Kunihiko Ikuhara’s anime will be broadcast in a single block! Please keep an eye out for this as well as further updates on Sarazanmai!
Kunihiko Ikuhara’s exhibition ～僕たちをつなげる欲望と革命の生存戦略～
Venue：Space 634 Tokyo Solamachi (East Yard 5th floor, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Open：Saturday 27th April ー national holiday Monday 6th May 2019
Opening hours：10:00 ー 17:00（Last entries: 30 mins before closing time on each day）
Tickets：Advanced：¥1,920／entry + ticket for limited edition goods：¥3,500
On the door：¥2,200／entry + ticket for limited edition goods：¥3,700
※ You can only enter once during the exhibition period.
※ If the exhibition gets too crowded, you will receive a ticket to enter a different time.
※ Children who are younger than school age can enter for free.
※ You cannot enter the exhibition again once you leave.
Ticket release starts：10: 00 am Saturday 9th March 2019
Purchase tickets from：Animate（Ikebukuro main store, Shibuya, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Omiya, Yokohama, Machida, Tsudanuma, Kichijoji Parco)
Animate online shop ：https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/pn/pd/1623858/
Lawson ticket: vhttps://l-tike.com/event/ikuniten/ (L code：32504)
Questions: Event office: 03-5214-1020（Weekdays: 10:00 am ー 17:00）／Also open while the exhibition is running.
Kunihiko Ikuhara’s anime block broadcasting information:
Thursday 7th March, 19:30: Penguindrum episode 1 ー 12 marathon
Thursday 14th March, 19:30: Penguindrum episode 13 ー 24 marathon
Monday 18th March, 19:00: Revolutionary Girl Utena episode 1 ー 13 marathon
Tuesday 19th March, 19:00: Revolutionary Girl Utena episode 14 ー 26 marathon
National holiday Thursday 21st March, 19:00: Revolutionary Girl Utena episode 27 ー 39 marathon
Thursday 28th March, 19:30: Yurikuma Arashi 12 episode marathon (all episodes)
Event official website: https://ikuniten.com/
© 1997 Bepapas Chiho Saito／Shogakukan, Revolutionary Girl Utena committee, TV Tokyo
© 1999 Revolutionary Girl Utena Design by committee
© Ikuni Chowder／Pingroup
© 2015 Ikunigo Mamonaka／Nikuru Yurikuma
© Ikuni Rappa／ Shiriko Mandansu
TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ to be Set in Asakusa, New Story Details Revealed
13.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Sarazanmai is an upcoming TV anime series set to begin airing in April 2019. The series director Kunihiko Ikuhara appeared alongside Junichi Suwabe who voices Keppi at Animate Girls Festival 2018 which was held on November 10 and 11 where he unveiled details surrounding the story and setting.
Kunihiko Ikuhara has wanted to create stories since he was a child. Today, he is a creative artist and anime director who has directed hit anime series such as Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997) and Mawaru Penguindrum (2011).
During his talk, Ikuhara spoke about how he wanted to create a story on the legend of the kappa, a yokai of Japanese folklore that has webbed hands and feet and a shell on its back similar to a turtle. As he explained this, he also dropped that the story will be set in Asakusa, Tokyo. “[Asakusa is] next to the Sumida River. I wanted these young boys’ story to be in a place where one can feel life,” he commented.
The theme of the story is “connecting.” We live in a world where we can connect to anyone at any time with a mobile phone, but there’s a lack of actually wanting to connect. “If we carry on connecting in this way, where would we end up? If we lose sight of connecting [with others], would it really become like that? Is connecting a necessity or not? These are things I wanted to explore,” explained the director.
A radio show titled Purezanmai based on the anime series was also announced to begun airing in January 2019.
Two important characters in the series, the police duo Reo Niiboshi voiced by Mamoru Miyano and Mabu Akutsu voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya, also have their own Twitter account which they will be posting on frequently until March 31, 2019.
Comment: Junichi Suwabe (Voices “Keppi”)
“This anime is an original series so there’s a lot I can’t talk about, but what I can say is that since it begins in April 2019 it will straddle the new era*. The old era will go and a new one will come. Even though it will be very new for the new era, I think it will be a wonderful and nostalgic series. I hope people look forward to it.”
*Translator’s Note: He is talking about the end of the Japanese Heisei Period which is set to end while the anime is airing.
Comment: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Director)
“Even now the staff are working diligently on the series. I hope to connect with everyone during this time where it’s hard to know what it means to connect and where we would end up if we did. Please look forward to Sarazanmai!”
TV Anime “Sarazanmai”
Initial Broadcast: April 2019
Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com
Radio Show “Purezanman”
Hosts: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Director), Junichi Suwabe (voice of Keppi)
Time/Date: Every Saturday at 21:00 (JST) on A&G TRIBAL RADIO AGSON
Reo & Mabu Twitter
Running: Until March 31, 2019