Famed Director Kunihiko Ikuhara Reveals New Original Anime

Kunihiko Ikuhara is an eccentric auteur in the anime industry.

Kunihiko Ikuhara

Ikuhara has built a reputation as Japan’s David Lynch for his love of symbolic storytelling, intentionally confusing fans, and a unique aesthetic.

Even if you don’t know his name, you have seen at least one of his works. Ikuhara directed the first four season of Sailor MoonRevolutionary Girl UtenaMawaru Penguindrum, and Yurikuma Arashi.


Ikuhara’s anime are considered special events, which has Japan hyped for his new project.

A 17-second teaser was more than enough to get fans excited for Sarazanmai, which is an original series that will air next year. The video cryptically teases, “Don’t let go, desire is your life.” Different versions of the teaser will play during a Revolutionary Utena marathon on Nico Nico.

Ikuhara is keeping mum on the details, but it was revealed that MAPPA (In This Corner of the World Yuri!!! on Ice) and Lapin Track (Yurikuma Arashi) will co-produce Sarazanmai.

Will you keep an eye on Sarazanmai?

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