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MAPPA Announces 'Taisou Zamurai' Original TV Anime for Fall 2020

by Kingsman117
Aug 13, 9:58 AM | 63 Comments
The Seiyuu to Yo Asobi program on AbemaTV announced an original television anime titled Taisou Zamurai (Gymnastics Samurai) from animation studio MAPPA on Thursday. Aniplex opened an official website simultaneously, revealing the cast, staff, an announcement promo, and a teaser visual (pictured).

Taisou Zamurai reunites the main staff members from MAPPA's Fall 2018 anime Zombieland Saga. The anime will begin airing on October 11 at 1:30 a.m. on the NUMAnimation programming block on TV Asahi and its 24 affiliate networks. AbemaTV will also stream the show.

Synopsis
Year 2002. Japan's gymnastics world was once strong. Former Japanese representative Shoutarou Aragaki (29), who devoted his time to gymnastics, was unable to perform as expected. Even so, after training on a daily basis, his coach Amakusa recommends Shoutarou to retire. However, the fate of the Aragaki family will change significantly due to a certain "encounter."

Cast
Joutarou Aragaki: Daisuke Namikawa (Garo: Honoo no Kokuin)
Noriyuki Amakusa: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Dorohedoro)
Rei Aragaki: Rina Honizumi (Kenja no Mago)
Leonardo: Kensho Ono (Vinland Saga)
Tetsuo Minamino: Yuki Kaji (Arslan Senki (TV))

Staff
Director: Hisatoshi Shimizu (Zombieland Saga episode director)
Series Composition: Shigeru Murakoshi (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e)
Character Design: Kasumi Fukagawa (IDOLiSH7)
Chief Animation Director: Fumihide Sai (Garo: Vanishing Line)
Art Director: Masatoshi Kai (Goblin Slayer)
Color Design: Azusa Sasaki (Shoukoku no Altair)
Director of Photography: Mitsuhiro Satou (Peace Maker Kurogane film duology)
Editing: Keisuke Yanagi (Kingdom 3rd Season)
Music: Masaru Yokoyama (Sirius)

Announcement

Note: The video is region-locked; click here for an alternative link.

Official site: https://taiso-samurai.com/
Official Twitter: @taiso_samurai

Source: Moca News

Taisou Zamurai on MAL

20 of 63 Comments Recent Comments

Gymnastics anime ... that looks good.

Aug 17, 11:20 AM by Kinyoubi

ChartTopper60 said:
deg said:


circumstantial evidence only lol like look at JC Staff which have 200 employees something too

but its just educated guess the final product is still uncertain so ye just hope for the best



Yeah lol I edited my post after doing more research, I know you can't really compare MAPPA to the likes of Sunrise or Toei with nearly a thousand staff, so I don't know how many anime shit themselves when working on multiple projects at once, that's true for JC Staff though


MAPPA's management is shaky so things could end for worse especially with CO-VID.

Aug 16, 5:28 AM by todd2580

ChartTopper60 said:
Is there any proof that MAPPA cannot handle this much projects at once? Seriously, I'm so tired of these claims. Many big name anime studios typically work on multiple anime at once and are fine. I don't know about MAPPA.

I mean, I get it. Typically a single anime has around 200 crew members. Some have less, others have more. I mean, you can't compare it to Toei which has around 750(?) staff and are working on two dozen anime at once, who often do a practice of putting more articulated care into one anime than another(?).

I just want to see some evidence that they cannot handle it. Long as their more anticipated projects have more effort, I hope it's okay to excuse some smaller ones having CGi, lower production values or even putting some of the more important people and resources on their bigger projects.

I also don't know how many anime studios with 200 or so members shit the bed working on five or six projects.
I can't say 100% that AoT S4 will be good. Just gotta pray.


(?) = assumed/questionable



they're spreading their resources thin and mappa isn't that big they're kinda within perriot's size so don't higher your expectations so high.

Aug 16, 5:20 AM by todd2580

Catalano said:
I'm in it for gymnastics but only if there are pretty girls, an anime about a russian girl gymnast would be awesome


did you read the synopsis

Aug 15, 3:29 PM by YoseiEgg

I have only one thing to say, “DO THEY EVEN REST A LITTLE?”

Aug 15, 5:32 AM by Rickydory123

MSK3 said:
Mappa has literally done 5 (I think) projects this year.

8, if you consider the entire year. (Assuming AOT is released on Fall)

Aug 15, 12:46 AM by Zexus95

I'm in it for gymnastics but only if there are pretty girls, an anime about a russian girl gymnast would be awesome

Aug 14, 10:01 PM by Catalano

Mappa has literally done 5 (I think) projects this year. Although the individual members of the studio who will be animating S4 of AoT are probably different from the staff on this, one has to wonder how much a fucking studio can do before that shit will spontaneously combust. Like Jesus, slow the hell down for fucks sake. No one needs an original gymnastics anime this fall. Just push things back, take things slower, treat the staff better, and produce higher quality work PLEASE.

Aug 14, 9:37 PM by MSK3

yeah this confirms it. The final season of Attack on Titan will be horrible adapted and shit lol. Mappa is going overboard with the amount of projects they're going to be involved in.

Aug 14, 8:38 PM by Wharf

I haven't seen anime about gymnastics before, so I'll definitely check this one out.
VanishingKira said:
The series people will hate on, not because of it own merits or flaws but because it not AoT Final season...

Unfortunately, that will probably be the case.

Aug 14, 5:39 PM by Nikiforova

Now I'm worried Mappa will be the next JC Staff.

Aug 14, 7:09 AM by Detective1412

MAPPA on that grind tho. Hope they're not overdoing it lol

Aug 14, 2:20 AM by Attackonfiller

Gallyleo said:
keragamming said:
If it's part of the reason for snk finale season to not be good then sure, why not? If it was your favorite anime in this situation I'm sure you yourself will be a bit worried.
More likely people will use the series as scapegoat for every flaw they find in the AoT adaptation, regardless of whether it has anything to do with it. Nobody in this thread, or in this whole forum, knows what really goes on behind the scenes in an anime studio. Nobody here can actually pinpoint what is needed to pull off a 10/10 adaptation, and they can only repeat bits of info they've seen other posters or articles say.

I hope that if people are going to hate this series, then they hate it because it is bad or disappointing. Keep AoT and other Mappa anime out if it. I'm saying this as someone who is looking forward to AoT more than any other anime.


I completely agree with your first paragraph, but it doesn't make any sense to seperate this from other Mappa shows. It is essentially the whole company business model and philosophy that people are criticizing, which is fair. Of course people will go mad, blame Mappa and hate all the other animes they produce if their most anticipated shows ends up lackluster. It is Mappa who decided to produce and air 5 shows in the same season as if there is no tomorrow. If they can't handle it, it is entirely their fault. I know it is not the right thing do, but it is expected.

Honestly they should just delay a few and focus on what they have on their plate at this point, making sure every single one of them is at least decent. If they don't have some kind of supernatural talent that I'm not aware of -power of CGI maybe?-, it seems like they are stretching too thin to do justice to the shows.

Aug 13, 9:20 PM by SirTristram

Mappa this Mappa that, making more animes is a good thing but hopefully this one won't be a trash like GOH adaptation.

Aug 13, 9:13 PM by MegamiRem

keragamming said:
If it's part of the reason for snk finale season to not be good then sure, why not? If it was your favorite anime in this situation I'm sure you yourself will be a bit worried.
More likely people will use the series as scapegoat for every flaw they find in the AoT adaptation, regardless of whether it has anything to do with it. Nobody in this thread, or in this whole forum, knows what really goes on behind the scenes in an anime studio. Nobody here can actually pinpoint what is needed to pull off a 10/10 adaptation, and they can only repeat bits of info they've seen other posters or articles say.

I hope that if people are going to hate this series, then they hate it because it is bad or disappointing. Keep AoT and other Mappa anime out if it. I'm saying this as someone who is looking forward to AoT more than any other anime.

Aug 13, 6:51 PM by Gallyleo

VanishingKira said:
The series people will hate on, not because of it own merits or flaws but because it not AoT Final season...


If it's part of the reason for snk finale season to not be good then sure, why not? If it was your favorite anime in this situation I'm sure you yourself will be a bit worried.

Anyways I trust Mappa knows what they are doing and the final series for one of the biggest anime of the last decade will get the best adaptation as it deserves!

Aug 13, 6:04 PM by keragamming

MAPPA studio is releasing 992918181 animes this year the manager went crazy

I'm not complaining, i love

Aug 13, 5:35 PM by howllights

This looks like it could be good.

Aug 13, 4:10 PM by Xaeveax

MAPPA's making a LOT of shows in the coming seasons

Aug 13, 3:56 PM by austenthegreat

What a strong cast of voice actors, though

Aug 13, 3:50 PM by AhmedJafar1

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