The Light Novel Expo event announced a television anime adaptation of Shinji Cobkubo's Sabikui Bisco light novel on Saturday. Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures simultaneously opened an official website, revealing the cast, production staff, a teaser promo, and teaser visual (pictured).
A plague-like wind blows across the arid, sandy expanse of a post-apocalyptic Japan. As it sweeps over the living and nonliving alike, rust is all that remains in its wake. The cause of the catastrophic state of the world is believed to be mushroom spores. Bisco Akaboshi, known as the "Man-Eating Mushroom," is a wanted criminal archer whose arrows instantly grow mushrooms wherever they land. However, he is in truth a "Mushroom Protector," a person who spreads fungi in order to enrich the land and return it to its previous state.
Alongside the crab Akutagawa and young doctor Milo Nekoyanagi, Bisco ventures through the wastelands of Japan searching for the legendary "Sabikui"—a panacean mushroom said to devour all forms of rust. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Director: Atsushi Ikariya (Akame ga Kill! episode director)
Assistant Director: Daisuke Mataga (Id:Invaded episode director)
Series Composition, Script: Sadayuki Murai (Boogiepop wa Warawanai, Sidonia no Kishi)
Character Design: Atsushi Ikariya, Ai Asari (Garo: Vanishing Line guest character design, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen animation director)
Chief Animation Director: Ai Asari, Norie Ikawa (Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho animation director)
Main Animator: Yutaka Matsubara (Sora no Otoshimono chief animation director), Momoko Kawai (Junketsu no Maria animation director)
In-between Animation Director: Zhang Yihui (Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu)
Art Director: Masakazu Miyake (Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou)
Art Setting, Creature Setting: Yoshihiro Sono (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri)
Color Design: Emi Chiba (God Eater)
Director of Photography: Tsubasa Takagi (Devilman: Crybaby photography)
Editing: Yoshiaki Kimura (Persona 5 the Animation)
Sound Director: Kisuke Koizumi (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu)
Cobkubo submitted the title for the 24th Dengeki Taisho in 2017 and won the Silver Prize. Dengeki Bunko began printing the adventure fantasy light novel with illustrations by Akagishi K and mocha in March 2018. Kadokawa published the sixth volume last June, with the seventh volume scheduled for release on March 10. Sabikui Bisco has a cumulative 200,000 copies of its volumes in print.