It’s been a long time since we’ve had Mamoru Oshii on the TV side of anime, going back decades, but we got the reveal in June 2019 about the VladLove anime series. With the series getting pushed to a 2021 release date over the weekend, the official site has provided for some love for the fans out there with two pieces. The first is a look at the main cast, who don’t know all the voice actors for yet, in their standard garb and lined up together so we get to see the heights for them. The other is a beautiful new full-color visual that puts them out in the field where a bit more personality shines through for them.
Oshii’s listed as creator and chief director as he works with director Junji Nishimura on the project. With Kei Yamamura on board to work on the scripts while Kazunari Niigaki is serving as the character designer, it’s shaping up well. The production involves Comic Animation along with Drive while Production I.G. is listed as production cooperation.
Romi Park has joined the project in the role of Chihiro Chimatsuri. Check out her character promo below. The Japanese cast includes Ayane Sakura as Mitsugu Bamba and Rina Hidaka as Mai Vlad Transylvania.
Kanako Takatsuki is on board to perform the theme song as part of the BlooDye unit being created for the series. You can see them all together in the tweet below.
The series is scheduled for a spring 2020 run where it’ll run for twelve episodes as it focuses on a largely female cast that looks to have some touches of Lum from Urusei Yatsura to it, which tickles my heart.
Plot Concept: The series is a slapstick comedy centering on a vampire girl named Mai and a high school girl.