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Additional Staff and Cast Members Announced for 'Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai'

by tsubasalover
Aug 26, 2016 4:03 PM | 54 Comments
The official website for Shaft's upcoming OVA project Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai has announced additional cast and staff members, along with the theme songs and their performers.

Cast
Akane: Yuu Shimamura (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Kanami: Ayako Kawasumi (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
Sakaki: Kenji Hamada (ef: A Tale of Melodies.)
Maki: Aya Endou (So Ra No Wo To)
Yayoi: Haruna Ikezawa (Kimikiss Pure Rouge)
Iria: Mariya Ise (Hunter x Hunter (2011))
Rei: Houko Kuwashima (Hakuouki)
Akari: Natsuko Kuwatani (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
Hikari: Ryouko Shintani (Hidamari Sketch)
Teruko: Yuuko Gotou (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)
Aikawa: Yuuko Kaida (Ikkitousen)

Staff
Chief Director: Akiyuki Shinbou (Bakemonogatari)
Director: Yuki Yase (Mekaku City Actors)
Series Composition: Fuyashi Tou (Koyomimonogatari)
Script: Yukito Kizawa (Tsukimonogatari)
Animation Director: Hirofumi Suzuki (Colorful)
Art Director: Ken Naitou (Hanamonogatari)
Art Setting: Morihito Ohara (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Storyboard: okama (Getsumen To Heiki Mina)
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka (Owarimonogatari)
Director of Photography: Rei Egami (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Color Design: Yasuko Watanabe (Nisekoi), Jin Hibino (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru)
Editing: Rie Matsubara (Sakamoto desu ga?)

Opening Theme Song: "Cobalt World" by Sangatsu no Phantasia
Ending Theme Song: "Märchen" by Kalafina

The OVA series will consist of eight episodes, with the first episode to be released on October 26, 2016.

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Wow, that trailer was very underwhelming. I love that shot where Boku looks like a goddamn Araragi recolor. Otherwise, barely any takeaways. Non LN readers would have no idea what this show is supposed to about. Yuki Kajiura's soundtrack doesn't fit in at all. Or at least this track didn't work for the trailer.

CG-Silver said:
So Dear LN readers, disappointed with the character designs or are these good enough despite being different from LN?

I'm quite dissatisfied with the style Shaft chose, for several reasons. First, Take's art is, in my opinion, pretty darn amazing. It's a good part of why I love Katanagatari so much and also why it is so memorable to so many of its viewers. Take's art suits Zaregoto to a T. Without it, Zaregoto feels so wrong to me.

Secondly, while some characters look good, and some not too shabby, there are a few that just didn't hit the mark. Take Yayoi. She's supposed to be 30, according to the novels. Here, she looks like she's a middle school student dressed up as a chef. Jun's doesn't really show her personality accurately IMO. She looks like what other characters in the novel view her, but not who she actually is. Then again, Jun is one of the those characters that looks great in Take's style, and not so good in anyone else's.

Maki and Akane are alright, and Kanami is probably the best out of all of them.

Finally, why would they not use Take's style? Why use a style so different from the original? I would understand if the source material's art doesn't translate well animated, but Katanagatari proved its art could, in fact, be animated well.

Vindstot said:
Just want to point out that the toning of character designs are still under development, as stated at the bottom of the cast page on the official site. The coloring in the actual content may very well differ, which is likely.

In regards to the designs, they're at least not Akio Watanabe's typical products and seem to sort of try and reproduce Take's original style. It's understandable why many people would want to see Katanagatari-esque designs, but Monogatari Series did fairly well and they didn't quite follow VOFAN's original designs either.

In terms of Monogatari's designs, I feel like part of it is because Shaft put an honest effort to make that style work, which payed off in the end. Here, it looks like they're only using the same style because they think the OVAs will sell better with it. Factor in Yuki Kajiura's OST (think Madoka Magica), Kalafina (again, Madoka Magica) and Shimbo's involvement (who directed all of Shaft's other successful shows), and you can see this project is taking very few risks in favor of profit. That's the only good reason I can think of as to why they ditched Take's designs.

I'll try to watch the first episode, but as an LN reader, I'm dissappointed. This adaptation lacks soul. It feels like a means to make a profit off of NisiOisin's popularity, given the Monogatari well is starting to dry up.

Aug 28, 2016 7:26 PM by NanoZero

Yay for Kalafina!

Aug 28, 2016 12:43 AM by Katsu-kun

All the deets surrounding this show got me hype, but that was an awfully bad trailer by shaft standards. they are usually very good and get me excited but this one was quite boring. Hope it isn't indicative of the quality of the ova but trailers usually aren't.

Yes most of us wished for a shaft zaregoto series with Take's CD's but that isn't what we got so lets wait and see how it turns out in the show.

And Yuki Yase is the director for this series, not Sinbo who hasn't been the director of any series in years now. Chief directors aren't all that uncommon in anime and are basically consultants to the series director, and in shaft's case it is probably just Sinbo giving advice and clearance on decisions regarding his now-(in)famous signature style, which is shaft's now-iconic house style.

Aug 27, 2016 7:50 PM by GoldNautilus

good for shaft fans
i skip

Aug 27, 2016 2:40 AM by tragedydesu

I like the music a lot but the visuals look boring tbh.

The quick shot with the crows really gave me -gatari vibes.

Aug 27, 2016 2:38 AM by BlueBalls

Would still have loved the art to be closer to Katanagatari(its a bit too monogatari here tbh), but still looks great.

Talking about prod staff,


Shinbou is good but he most likely is just a name there. Still hoping he is somehow involved with Fate/Extra adaptation.
Yuki Yase did direct some great episodes of both madoka and gatari, if to ignore the mekaku nonsense.
Ken Naitou is responsible for Hanamonogatari's art direction which was fucking best.

Let's see which animators they are going to use for this tho.

Aug 27, 2016 2:04 AM by Fai

moodie said:
JkayW said:
I love Zaregoto a lot but I know shaft doing a mystery show with Shinbo directing it will be the most confusing shit ever.

Art style was adapted alright. No real complaints except for the colour palette being really bright.

Don't mind the VAs. Yuki Kajiura hype!

Why is it in OVA format over a year period? For fuck sake, they know this'll sell cus shaft and same author as the already popular Monogatari so I don't see the point in a year release. Sellouts.

Katanagatari came a year after Bake. It was by your logic supposed to sell cuz hey its Nisio right? It sold less than 10k compared to bake selling 100k.

Shaft isnt a sure hit, no studio is.

If you're counting the re-release for Bakemonogatari than yeah Katanagatari did sell over 10k.

Aug 27, 2016 1:48 AM by Z4k

Dylan21 said:
Would take a bit to explain (can read here if you want for a full explantion: http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/the-anime-production-line) but basically the director is charge of the series as a whole and is higher in hierachy than an episode director. Also best to list what he directed as don't say which episodes he did in the forum post (although could check by clicking his name).
Ok, thank you for explaining.

Aug 27, 2016 1:15 AM by tsubasalover

tsubasalover said:
Dylan21 said:
@tsubasalover Yuki Yase never directed Monogatari Series Second Season only storyboarded a few episodes, should list him rather with Mekaku City Actors which he actually directed for accuracy (as other roles were as episode director).
What does " Episode Director" mean, then? Didn't he do some kind of director?

Anyways, I will fix that anyways.


Would take a bit to explain (can read here if you want for a full explantion: http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/the-anime-production-line) but basically the director is charge of the series as a whole and is higher in hierachy than an episode director. Also best to list what he directed as don't say which episodes he did in the forum post (although could check by clicking his name).

Aug 27, 2016 1:12 AM by Dylan21

Chief Director: Akiyuki Shinbou (Bakemonogatari)
Director: Yuki Yase (Mekaku City Actors)
Series Composition: Fuyashi Tou (Koyomimonogatari)
Script: Yukito Kizawa (Tsukimonogatari)
Art Director: Ken Naitou (Hanamonogatari)
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka (Owarimonogatari)
Director of Photography: Rei Egami (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Color Design: Yasuko Watanabe (Nisekoi), Jin Hibino (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru)

Shaf is fucking go all out with this anime i think.
looking foward to it.

Aug 27, 2016 12:54 AM by Tevens

Hope this talk about the change in characters design ain't going to be the only thing people talk about when it comes to this series cause honestly I like Watanabe's designs better than Take's except for maybe Jun.

Aug 26, 2016 11:30 PM by VanishingKira

JkayW said:
I love Zaregoto a lot but I know shaft doing a mystery show with Shinbo directing it will be the most confusing shit ever.

Art style was adapted alright. No real complaints except for the colour palette being really bright.

Don't mind the VAs. Yuki Kajiura hype!

Why is it in OVA format over a year period? For fuck sake, they know this'll sell cus shaft and same author as the already popular Monogatari so I don't see the point in a year release. Sellouts.

Katanagatari came a year after Bake. It was by your logic supposed to sell cuz hey its Nisio right? It sold less than 10k compared to bake selling 100k.

Shaft isnt a sure hit, no studio is.

Aug 26, 2016 10:20 PM by moodie

This looks pretty interesting for me, the selection staff wise looks pretty good imo.

Aug 26, 2016 10:02 PM by Symphyon

I love Zaregoto a lot but I know shaft doing a mystery show with Shinbo directing it will be the most confusing shit ever.

Art style was adapted alright. No real complaints except for the colour palette being really bright.

Don't mind the VAs. Yuki Kajiura hype!

Why is it in OVA format over a year period? For fuck sake, they know this'll sell cus shaft and same author as the already popular Monogatari so I don't see the point in a year release. Sellouts.

Aug 26, 2016 9:42 PM by JkayW

Hongu said:
moodie said:
They dont look like monogatari characters they look like Akio characters. Which we already expected after the key visual and after seeing the character designs a couple hours ago.

Shinbo hasnt directed anything in years so please get educated on the industry because that claim is utterly dumb.

How is 8 monthly OVAs a bad thing? You rather have a rushed LN adaption go to the news thread and pick a new seasonal anime to watch.
Weren't you the person who kept saying how the designs are faithful to the original? Yet here you are admitting that they're nothing more than Akio Watanabe characters. Nice.
And yeah, apparently I don't know how the industry works, because if someone's name is said to be a director then I expect them to be directing. And even if it isn't Shinbo it's one hell of a copycat. The director could have gone and used his own style but all he did was just rip off someone else's.
Of course I don't want a rushed adaptation, but to wait almost an entire year for 8 episodes, of which none probably will be Katanagatari's length and instead be a normal TV anime's length, is frustrating.
You love twisting my words right? Akio's design is similar to Take's new designs for Zaregoto. My man have you picked up the novel or are you trying to be a cute troll.

If you are so frustrated dont watch it no one putting a gun to your head. Shinbo is the chief director while the actually director is Yase.

In anime the director isnt the end all be all anyways there are people who do storyboard, episode direction, art directors and ect.

Im not trying to force you to like this but for me I think this is a great representation of zaregoto in visual form.

Aug 26, 2016 9:08 PM by moodie

moodie said:
Hongu said:
Everyone looks like a Monogatari character. The lighting, atmosphere, direction, everything is literally Monogatari, it's no even like this is a different series at all. Shinbo proving once again that he cannot help himself in self-indulgence, his style is cookie cutter and boring at this point. It's as if he feels the need to shove in the fact that 'hey, I'm the Shaft guy! Here's a headtilt!' every ten seconds.
The music sounds like every Yuki Kajiura song ever. (I'm assuming it's her)
It's split into 8 monthly OVAs for some reason. All those episodes and it's only adapting the first novel.
Did I mention everything looks trite? Because it does.

Oh yeah, and Yuki Kaji.
They dont look like monogatari characters they look like Akio characters. Which we already expected after the key visual and after seeing the character designs a couple hours ago.

Shinbo hasnt directed anything in years so please get educated on the industry because that claim is utterly dumb.

How is 8 monthly OVAs a bad thing? You rather have a rushed LN adaption go to the news thread and pick a new seasonal anime to watch.
Weren't you the person who kept saying how the designs are faithful to the original? Yet here you are admitting that they're nothing more than Akio Watanabe characters. Nice.
And yeah, apparently I don't know how the industry works, because if someone's name is said to be a director then I expect them to be directing. And even if it isn't Shinbo it's one hell of a copycat. The director could have gone and used his own style but all he did was just rip off someone else's.
Of course I don't want a rushed adaptation, but to wait almost an entire year for 8 episodes, of which none probably will be Katanagatari's length and instead be a normal TV anime's length, is frustrating.

Aug 26, 2016 8:57 PM by Hongu

Kryptiq said:
AntwanMantilla said:
@megmica Can't see the video. Is there one that's not region locked, maybe on Dailymotion?

Here's a link : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4qiylh_zaregoto-series-ova-vol-1-pv_fun


Thanks for the link. It looks really good and I'm excited for this.

Aug 26, 2016 8:56 PM by AntwanMantilla

Dylan21 said:
@tsubasalover Yuki Yase never directed Monogatari Series Second Season only storyboarded a few episodes, should list him rather with Mekaku City Actors which he actually directed for accuracy (as other roles were as episode director).
What does " Episode Director" mean, then? Didn't he do some kind of director?

Anyways, I will fix that anyways.

Aug 26, 2016 8:53 PM by tsubasalover

AntwanMantilla said:
@megmica Can't see the video. Is there one that's not region locked, maybe on Dailymotion?

Here's a link : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4qiylh_zaregoto-series-ova-vol-1-pv_fun

Aug 26, 2016 8:51 PM by Kryptiq

Hongu said:
moodie said:
>when head tilts are your complaints lol
Everyone looks like a Monogatari character. The lighting, atmosphere, direction, everything is literally Monogatari, it's no even like this is a different series at all. Shinbo proving once again that he cannot help himself in self-indulgence, his style is cookie cutter and boring at this point. It's as if he feels the need to shove in the fact that 'hey, I'm the Shaft guy! Here's a headtilt!' every ten seconds.
The music sounds like every Yuki Kajiura song ever. (I'm assuming it's her)
It's split into 8 monthly OVAs for some reason. All those episodes and it's only adapting the first novel.
Did I mention everything looks trite? Because it does.

Oh yeah, and Yuki Kaji.
They dont look like monogatari characters they look like Akio characters. Which we already expected after the key visual and after seeing the character designs a couple hours ago.

Shinbo hasnt directed anything in years so please get educated on the industry because that claim is utterly dumb.

How is 8 monthly OVAs a bad thing? You rather have a rushed LN adaption go to the news thread and pick a new seasonal anime to watch.

Aug 26, 2016 8:49 PM by moodie

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