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Production Staff of 'Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai' Announced

by Vindstot
Sep 18, 7:41 PM | 32 Comments
The official website of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) revealed the series' staff members and the first key visual (pictured) on Wednesday. The anime is scheduled to air on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, Chuukyou TV, and TV Niigata beginning January 2019.

Staff
Director: Shinichi Omata (Mamoru Hatakeyama) (Sankarea)
Series Composition: Yasuhiro Nakanishi (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu script)
Character Design: Yuuko Yahiro (Toji no Miko)
Chief Animation Director: Yuuko Yahiro, Hiroshi Yakou (Grancrest Senki), Yuuko Hariba (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk animation director)
Prop Design: Takayuki Kidou (Demi-chan wa Kataritai animation director)
Art Director: Risa Wakabayashi (Hataraku Saibou)
Color Design: Kanako Hokari (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
Director of Photography: Masaharu Okazaki (Fate/Apocrypha)
Editing: Rie Matsubara (Nisekoi)
Music: Kei Haneoka (Owarimonogatari)
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa (Sora yori mo Tooi Basho)
Sound Production: Magic Capsule
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Production: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai Production Committee

The romantic comedy manga by Aka Akasaka began serialization in Miracle Jump in May 2015 before switching to Young Jump in March 2016. Shueisha published the 11th compiled volume on Wednesday. The manga currently has over 2.4 million copies of its compiled volumes in circulation.

VIZ Media licensed the series in English and published the fourth volume on September 4, with the fifth volume planned for a November 6 release.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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That was a pretty good staff.

Sep 21, 3:01 AM by Detective1412

DatRandomDude said:
marmondesu said:

she is,later on became kind like a tsundere. but done right, not like those shitty tsundere who always abuse the MC
doesnt matter if you say that its a tsundere done right, if you say the word tsundere, hes gonna trash talk the anime even if he didnt try it and move on.

I see, its that phase when hating on something makes him feel like something special isnt it?
I mean, hating on tsundere is fine and all but hating on something you havent give a chance is just dumb lol.
If he turned off by tsundere and didnt want to watch it, just skip it without giving baseless hate

Sep 19, 5:14 PM by marmondesu

421cookies said:
@JizzyHitler There's no Miko Iino in the key visual so it's probably 1 cour.
If it isn't anime's original, then I believe they most likely going to end it with the fireworks. It's in volume 5 so they should be able to manage it.
Miko is really far in the series, so much so to the point where 2 cour might not reach her if they are only adapting 2 or 3 chapters an episode.

Sep 19, 2:17 PM by JizzyHitler

@JizzyHitler There's no Miko Iino in the key visual so it's probably 1 cour.
If it isn't anime's original, then I believe they most likely going to end it with the fireworks. It's in volume 5 so they should be able to manage it.

Sep 19, 10:36 AM by 421cookies

marmondesu said:
tragedydesu said:
Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not

she is,later on became kind like a tsundere. but done right, not like those shitty tsundere who always abuse the MC
doesnt matter if you say that its a tsundere done right, if you say the word tsundere, hes gonna trash talk the anime even if he didnt try it and move on.

Sep 19, 10:20 AM by DatRandomDude

Knowing, that A-1 makes best rom-coms in the industry and with such a cast, anything less than a masterpiece is not possible.

Sep 19, 8:38 AM by Piromysl

tragedydesu said:
Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not
eeeeehhhh kind of a stretch, the entire premise is they are both trying to get the other to confess whilst deluding themselves into not thinking they just want the other, later on its more just they overthink everything when they they to make moves and always shift to showing inner thoughts where they are just losing composure on the inside over everything.

If anything more kuudere than tsundere.

Sep 19, 6:12 AM by JizzyHitler

It looks great, I love the character design for the two leads. Definitely gonna watch this.

Sep 19, 5:37 AM by AngelicTotoro

At one hand I'm glad it isn't Shaft because to be honest they wouldn't fit the series as they usually tend to put their experimentations with looks and stuff in shows that wouldn't work much. I'm not saying they're bad, but I don't see it benefiting the series.

On the other hand though... I don't like the staff at the slightest amount. Aside from the designer or production I'm skeptical within the director and script writer. I don't really enjoy the director's works much, as the only one I did liked was Sankarea (then again he was under a different name at the time so). Shouwa was just not that great personally (due to the pacing of the story ruining any sort of reason for me to care about it) and Grancrest Senki is a mixbag.

While I don't necessarily think it's awful, it is definitely not something I'd consider "good" by my own standards of liking. It's decent, maybe enjoyable to some extent but... that's it. And the script writer hasn't done much either aside from few episodes of stuff, and even then those episodes I've noticed are episodes that I don't particularly enjoy with the exception of maybe Idolish7.

So... yeah I'm going to be cautiously optimistic for this one, especially since I don't really like the main people so far, despite not being horrible, I just don't trust them all that much.

At least the Shaft thing was KINDA true? Then again, not really. He's an ex-member or an ex-SHAFT person, which is still kind of a confirmation? Idk.

Sep 19, 5:17 AM by Wasshio

tragedydesu said:
Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not
Yeah she is a tsundere but character development is amazing and

Sep 19, 3:35 AM by KazuXSora

tragedydesu said:
Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not

she is,later on became kind like a tsundere. but done right, not like those shitty tsundere who always abuse the MC

Sep 19, 3:26 AM by marmondesu

tragedydesu said:
Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not

your fetish with tsundere is amusing as always

Sep 19, 2:21 AM by caio_brb

Shaft is a bit too generic now with them copy pasting monogatari onto everything and they also ruined Extra so Shaft can burn in hell

Sep 19, 2:04 AM by AcelyK

Some reviews say the female lead turn to a generic tsundere later in the story
in the other hand i love smart characters

not sure if i should watch it or not

Sep 19, 12:55 AM by tragedydesu

I get it, the source material invites Shaft's surreal visual quirks they like to put in. Well for most people "Shaft" is just Shinbou without knowing so they probably wouldn't get what they want anyway.

In any case I very much prefer A-1 with this staff lineup here. Shaft is haunted is extremely poor scheduling and organisation that leads to disastrous production issues. What I want from this show are visual quips yes but also consistency in its delivery. A-1 has the benefit of leading a very flexible and open production policy. For some that may be a downside as their shows can turn out this or that way due to that but I see it as a great benefit especially when people with connections are involved.

I mean if you look at this you have an interesting mix between freelancers, established people and even a little Shaft alumni reunion.

Sep 19, 12:22 AM by Fappa

tbh I'm kinda worried after hearing this will be done by A-1, but after seeing its key visual and staff, it seems like they'll do it earnestly

Sep 19, 12:15 AM by Slyver

Nitpic said:
Eh, I think it's just a matter of subjectivity.
Shaft is my favorite studio, and they almost always know what to do and it works most of the time. So... Opinion I guess @Kuma

yeah,it's metter of subjectivity in the end. but my experience with original source and my experience with shaft just doesn't mix. something absurd like sayonara zetsubou sensei or arakawa under bridge is my thing, but not nisekoi or kouduku grafiti.

Sep 19, 12:10 AM by Kuma

Nitpic said:
Eh, I think it's just a matter of subjectivity.
Shaft is my favorite studio, and they almost always know what to do and it works most of the time. So... Opinion I guess @Kuma

yeah,it's metter of subjectivity in the end. but my experience with original source and my experience with shaft just doesn't mix. something absurd like sayonara zetsubou sensei or arakawa under bridge is my thing, but not nisekoi or kouduku grafiti.

Sep 19, 12:10 AM by Kuma

Eh, I think it's just a matter of subjectivity.
Shaft is my favorite studio, and they almost always know what to do and it works most of the time. So... Opinion I guess @Kuma

Sep 18, 11:48 PM by Muzashi

Nitpic said:
Kuma said:
why people expecting shaft? look what they done to nisekoi...

this is character antics comedy love com with rich character and atmosphere with mundane settings... it's anything but shaft... (unless they change what they usually do, at least visually)

A-1 + romance mix is not bad.. as long they not rushed and expected to do cheap production by production comittee...


Shaft has a pretty wide variety of style, maybe you should watch more shaft shows. Afaik people expecting (or at least they was) because of how well they handle comedy. And I was expecting shaft because of how well they handle tone shifts as shown in 3-gatsu.

But I'm fine with A-1 really

And btw wdym by Nisekoi, most ppl said that was the case where the source material was really bad.


yes, i know, shaft has variety if style, but it's overall lack of realism and mundane atmosphere... this series doesn't need to be "stylish", it's simply need to be straight, with attention to detail with exageration problem while not lost the naturalism touch...

shaft adaptation of nisekoi killed SOL and explicit character interaction completely because try to be stylish and made dialogue more complicated than necessary... nisekoi, while i do admit wasn't that good, however shaft achieve to made it even more boring than dragged manga....

shaft is not bad studio per se, but my record with their series is frequently bad, especially with series that has simplistic approach or story telling with not much of rondomness... something i wouldn't want to watch with this...

Sep 18, 11:36 PM by Kuma