After Ghibli’s Choju-giga commercials proved their frolicking animals’ international charm, it seems it was only a matter of time before a full TV anime adaptation came along. The ‘sumi-e’ traditional ink paintings depicting life in Japan eight centuries ago, widely considered the “world’s oldest manga”, are now inspiring the original anime Sengoku Choju-giga (Sengoku Wildlife Caricatures), a re-imagining of the era of samurai in the Warring States Period of Japanese history.
The staff for the show set to premiere in October this year includes director Takashi Sumida of Sengoku Nabe TV at Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories studio ILCA. Hiromu Kumamoto, also of Yamishibai, is writing the scripts, while Japanese artist Nielsen is in charge of key animation. Though the actors have not yet been listed with their roles, the series will star Ryota Mjurai, Yuki Torigoe, Shin Nagahama, Masashi Mikami, Tomoya Ishii of the Neighbor No. Thirteen live-action movie, and kabuki actor Hashinosuke Nakamura.