Sarazanmai – Third Dish

STORY: While Enta’s wishing for the revival of the “Golden Combo”, his feelings towards Kazuki grow stronger. Meanwhile, as she’s wearing the misanga-bracelet for Kazuki, Enta’s big sister Otone is taken by the zombies. Will Enta’s feelings reach Kazuki?

Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Masato Jinbo
Episode director: Masato Jinbo

Sarazanmai – First Dish

The first episode description and staff list, taken from the Sarazanmai website.

STORY: Tokyo, Asakusa. Three second year middle school students Kazuki Yasaka, Tooi Kuji, Enta Jinnai encounter a mysterious life-form called Keppi who claims to be the heir to the throne of the Kappa Kingdom and who pulls out their shirikodama (mythical ball inside the anus) turning them into kappa. In order to return to their human form, what is the mission that the three of them must clear?

Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Katsunori Shibata, Maimu Matsushima
Episode director: Masato Jinbo

Cast and staff for Sarazanmai


Ayumu Murase plays Kazuki Yasaka 矢逆 一稀
Kouki Uchiyama plays Tooi Kuji 久慈 悠
Shun Horie plays Enta Jinnai 陣内 燕太
Junichi Suwabe plays Keppi ケッピ
Mamoru Miyano plays Leo Niiboshi 新星 玲央
Yoshimasa Hosoya plays Mabu Akutsu 阿久津 真武


Director: Ikuhara Kunihiko
Chief Director: Takeuchi Nobuyuki
Series Composition: Ikuhara KunihikoTeruko Utsumi
Original Character Design: Migi
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Kayoko Ishikawa
Concept Design: Katsunori Shibata & Maimu Matsushima
Art Director: Ayaka Fuji (Studio Pablo)
Music: Yukari Hashimoto
Production: MAPPA & Lapin Track

More people join the party

The character drafts for Reo/Leo and Mabu were done by Migi ( ミギー ). They seem to be active with doujin work (they’re the head of their 天羅万象 circle) and they have done some previous professional work doing cover art and illustrations for various things (nothing that I recognize, unfortunately). You can check out their blog or Pixiv for more. They work mainly with watercolours and have painted some really beautiful artworks! 

The spin-off manga serialisation will be published in Rutile and Rutile SWEET, both in a magazine and online. They publish exclusively BL. I’m not really sure if I can make more generalisations or guesses based on who the publisher is (this is not my area of expertise), but looking through what they’ve published I can spot one of my favourites within the genre so yay for that!

The serialisation will be done by Misaki Saitō ( 斎藤岬 ). She’s a mangaka and illustrator who debuted in 1995 and has been drawing manga for a more mature audience ever since. She appears to be drawing mystery, horror, supernatural and historical manga. You can check out her manga from her website. Her latest work is Keishichou Battouka. Interestingly she also has a tumblr blog, although not an active one.

The logo was made by Wataru Osakabe ( 越阪部ワタル ). He’s an art director and graphic designer who represents Lovedesign co. He has previously worked on other Ikuhara projects such as Mawaru Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma Arashi, as well as more recently on Doukyuusei, Inuyashiki and Koi wa Ameagari no You ni. You can check their blog for more.