The spring 2019 anime series on the Noitamina block on Fuji TV, Sarazanmai, is getting a little extra attention. Australian distributor Madman Entertainment has acquired the rights to distribute it on home video there and they’ve set a September 2nd, 2020 debut for it. It’s a Blu-ray-only release that will be priced at $64.95 and will be bilingual in nature as it’s spread over two discs. Extras include an English commentary for episode eleven, episode previews, and the clean opening and closing sequences.
The series is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara it was written by him and Teruko Utsumi for the overall composition. Nobuyuki Takeuchi is serving as the chief director and Kyoko Ishikawa is adapting Migi’s designs for the work. It’s being produced by MAPPA and Lapin Track.
The Japanese cast includes Ayumu Murase as Kazuki Yasaka, Kouki Uchiyama as Yū Kuji, Shun Horie as Enta Jinnouchi, Junichi Suwabe as Keppi, Mamoru Miyano as Reo Shinsei, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Mabu Akutsu, Teiko as Sara Azuma, and Kenjiro Tsuda as Chikai Kuji.
Tabitha Ray served as the ADR director working from the scripts by Clint Bickham. The English cast includes Alejandro Saab as Kazuki, Justin Briner as Enta, Ricco Fajardo as Toi, Tyler Walker as Keppi, Sarah Wiedenheft as Sara, Kristen McGuire as Otone, Alison Viktorin as Haruka, Daman Mills as Mabu, Ian Sinclair as Reo, Linda Young as Grandma, Jarrod Greene as Box, and Ryan Urbanovsky as Nekoyama.
The series features the opening sequence with the song “Massara” by KANA-BOON while the ending song “Stand By Me” is from the peggies.
Plot Concept: The setting is Asakusa. One day, second-years in middle school Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinnai meet Keppi, a mysterious kappa-like creature, who steals their shirikodama and transforms them into kappas. “To return to your original forms,” Keppi tells them, “you must fight the zombies and take the shirikodama from them.” Can the boys connect with each other and steal the zombies’ shirikodama?! At the same time, something is happening at the police box where Reo Niiboshi and Mabu Akutsu work. This is the story of three boys who can’t connect with someone important to them, learning about what it truly means to do so.