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Mamoru Oshii Unveils Spring 2020 Anime 'Vlad Love'

by Sakana-san
Jun 26, 2019 2:45 PM | 23 Comments

During a press conference on Wednesday, director Mamoru Oshii (Koukaku Kidoutai, Urusei Yatsura) revealed that his new anime project will be an original 12-episode series titled Vlad Love. The series is the first for Oshii's studio Ichigo Animation, and will debut in Spring 2020.

The slapstick comedy series revolves around Mai the vampire and her school friends. Oshii commented that there will be no handsome men and that it will have a serious take on the girl-meets-girl theme.

Staff
Original Creator, Chief Director: Mamoru Oshii
Director: Junji Nishimura (Fuujin Monogatari)
Series Composition: Mamoru Oshii, Kei Yamamura (Tokyo Mukokuseki Shoujo live-action)
Character Design: Issei Aragaki (Kizumonogatari key animation)
Music Producer: Daisuke Miyachi (Pop in Q)
Creative Production: Comic Animation Inc.
Animation: Drive
Animation Associate: Production I.G
Production Company: Ichigo Animation

BlooDye, a new unit which consists of Kanako Takatsuki (Love Live! Sunshine!!) and Karin Isobe (Just Because!), Sayaka Akagi, Ayano Furutaka, and Chisami Itou, will perform the theme song and serve as ambassadors. They will also debut with a song titled "Kono Hoshi no Dokoka de."

Official website: https://www.ichigo-animation.com

Source: Mantan Web, Press Release

Vlad Love on MAL

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I'm not really a fan of this genre myself. That being said, since I am a fan of oshii, I am looking forward to this anime and seeing how he conceives it.

Aug 25, 2019 12:14 PM by ReverseZero

Honestly I'm keeping my expectations low, I've watched a few eps of UY and I enjoyed the show, but I'm just a fan of his more serious sci-fi shit like GitS and Jin-Roh. I feel like Patlabor was happy medium between sci-fi geo-politics and goofy slice of life. To be fair though sometimes you just get straight up pretentious shit like GitS 2 or Avalon.

Jul 3, 2019 11:43 PM by LoneWolf

I don't think just because he said there won't be handsome men it'll be fanservice, but I can't say it won't be fanservice either.

He did say the plot would be a serious take on girl meets girl, so although it's a comedy I hope we'll have some serious themes.

Jul 3, 2019 11:16 PM by Claptrap

I'm excited for Oshii -- that he's actually making anime. Can't say that I'm a fan of his in particular, though I did enjoy The Sky Crawlers way back when. This new thing just isn't my cup of tea, unfortunately.

Jun 28, 2019 3:58 PM by Pizzaholic

syncrogazer said:
I usually make fun of Oshii, but hell at least the guy is willing to have some fun. I guess after killing Patlabor he felt like doing some comedy again in his old age.

no handsome men
Ha, he knows the audience he doesn't want to attract.


Orhunaa said:
Luisito14 said:


And u lost me here.


Is handsome men really a prerequisite though lol. I like it too but I can watch something without it.


Considering that he used the word "ikemen" and not just "boys / males", it was a hint that the show was supposed to be a male-focused fanservice, and not something like Free or Banana Fish. But, given the "look" often encountered among the yuri community on male characters, I can only speculate about all the nuances of his words. However, the stated theme makes it obvious that it will be yuri or at least yuri bait.

Jun 28, 2019 11:32 AM by RobertBobert

If Patlabor is anything to go by, his comedic touch can certainly be trusted. Really nice to see another industry veteran still active.

Jun 28, 2019 12:09 AM by Skittles

Orhunaa said:
Luisito14 said:


And u lost me here.


Is handsome men really a prerequisite though lol. I like it too but I can watch something without it.


I would prefer an anime with no beautiful women. To me, this will be inovator, in fact.

Jun 27, 2019 4:10 PM by Luisito14

I usually make fun of Oshii, but hell at least the guy is willing to have some fun. I guess after killing Patlabor he felt like doing some comedy again in his old age.

no handsome men
Ha, he knows the audience he doesn't want to attract.

Jun 27, 2019 3:08 PM by syncrogazer

Luisito14 said:
EnkiViral said:
"Oshii commented that there will be no handsome men and that it will have a serious take on the girl-meets-girl theme."

K u got me there

added to PTW


And u lost me here.


Is handsome men really a prerequisite though lol. I like it too but I can watch something without it.

Jun 27, 2019 3:02 PM by Auron_

No handsome men
Girl meets girl theme
Sounds good but it sucks that we're gonna have to wait until spring 2020 that's so far away

Jun 27, 2019 12:27 PM by Cinnamon_toast

I'm really curious, I trust Oshii. I liked all his works, especially Urusei Yatsura.

Jun 27, 2019 11:36 AM by ryuunbj

Does it have an entry yet? hype af

Jun 27, 2019 10:06 AM by An_Alt

EnkiViral said:
"Oshii commented that there will be no handsome men and that it will have a serious take on the girl-meets-girl theme."

K u got me there

added to PTW


And u lost me here.

Jun 27, 2019 8:14 AM by Luisito14

"Oshii commented that there will be no handsome men and that it will have a serious take on the girl-meets-girl theme."

K u got me there

added to PTW

Jun 27, 2019 2:30 AM by EnkiViral

slapstick comedy made by oshii? interesting.

Jun 27, 2019 2:16 AM by Cnon

You had me at vampire.

The artwork reminds me of Jun Mochizuki's character designs a lot. I'm diggin' it.

Jun 26, 2019 11:05 PM by Myst

I'm in !

@Open-Dice It still owes a lot to Takahashi, the manga is already pretty fun.

Jun 26, 2019 10:27 PM by Rei_III

Urusei Yatsura is so underrated in the west, and the reason it's so great IMO is because of Mamoro Oshi's unique touch. Really excited to see him do comedy again and how he's changed over the 30+ years.

Jun 26, 2019 10:12 PM by Haunt-bot

Girl meets girl? It's a romance then?

The protagonist looks really cute

Jun 26, 2019 8:05 PM by Claptrap

Nice to see Oshii going back to his roots,while I did like his later works like Patlabor and GITS, always liked his work on Urusei Yatsura best.

Jun 26, 2019 7:32 PM by VanishingKira

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