First thoughts continued

I wonder what the characters will be like? I wonder who does the character designs? Ikuhara always picks really talented people for that who later turn out to become my favourite mangaka ever. They’ve all had really distinctive and cool or cute styles, so I’m ready for a new favourite!

I wonder who the seiyuu’s will be? I rewatched the trailer for YKA to remind myself of what the exact phrases they were using were and it reminded me of how much I love Arakawa’s voice. Then I saw someone wonder if the narration is by Suwabe and I have to agree it sounds like Life Sexy him. 

I’ve been staring at the logo and are those claws or claw marks? Must be from the otter. Also, feels a bit like a liquid or a paste? Then that line and figure beneath it reminds me of the infinity symbol ∞ only it’s three loops. Definitely a connection of some sort, it forms a rope or a chain. I’m not sure what the name is from or what it means? You get 皿 and 三昧 from the hiragana, so something about plates and indulgence? Once again the lesbian eating bears come into mind…

I wonder what the full visuals will be like? I really love the graphic look with the black and white, the pink splash of colour (and yellow and blue in the twitter header), the symbols and shapes and the text that’s running all over the screen.

    KEEP OUT        欲望         CHARGE

Who? What? Where from or where to? I’m filled with questions! Most importantly, what do you mean desire (欲望 )?? At least this ties in with the indulgence. Also why is the otter there in the heart? Will it be a symbol or a character? How big of a role will it play?

Answers, I’m waiting for you! 

Sarazanmai – first thoughts

I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to have the chance of following yet another Ikuhara anime as it airs, waiting for and following Yurikuma Arashi was so much fun!

I hope it’ll be 2-cour, since while I really liked YKA, it suffered from being too short, Ikuhara is just too ambitious and uses way too much symbolism and repetition for 4-5 hours to be enough. Utena and Penguindrum on the other hand were great and their lengths really helped them be that!

Stylistically I get strong Penguindrum vibes, which is great, it’s my favourite anime of all time, especially thanks to the visual style. Thematically it seems to be a mix of Penguindrum and YKA, the narration being “I’ll tell you the truth, although you’re connected you’re all alone” with mentions of “an empty world” and “desire is your life”, which reminds me of the three bears and the whole “separating wall” and “is your love true” act.

I’m ready for this creature to be the next mascot/animal since that’s a given with Ikuhara anime and I’m lucky I printed and saved several off those Ikuhara bingo sheets, since I’m sure he will be relying on his old tropes, which is what I hope he’ll do because he does them so well and it’s precisely what I love the most. 

There hasn’t been any mention on who will be working on this, other than the story and directing being by Ikuhara, and the studio being MAPPA and Lapin Track. I’m generally positive towards MAPPA, and Lapin Track worked on YKA so that bodes well. 

There will be two more teasers released tomorrow and the day after, hopefully we’ll get some more insight with those. Right now we have a long wait ahead of us, but it’s going to be a fun ride full of mysteries, madness, symbolism and sapphism, because what else is there to expect?