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Old 09-25-2017, 11:57 AM   #7566
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All I know of Kemono Friends is that the serval is popular.

According to Wiki, the series was created by none other than the man who penned Keroro Gunsou! Yoshizaki Mine. However, even on his own Wikipedia page, it's explained that he was more of a "concept designer" than a writer for it? And the Kemono Friends page indicates that the director, Tatsuki, is the anime series' writer as well. Soo ... if it is as you say, and this man Tatsuki is the one who can be largely credited for making the anime what it is, both as its director and as its principal writer, then it sure does seem odd that they'd scrap him in favor of somebody new when ... he's the one who made the product that people are in love with.
Tatsuki (I'm not too familiar with his name) gets 100% credit for turning KM into a cult hit. KM had the most shoestring of budgets, something like $20,000 USD with most of that money going to the CV's, but he pulled it off.

But the guy also has a big mouth, and was saying some dumb, vain things on the heels of that success. So I'm not surprised Kado canned him, he rubbed someone the wrong way.

It isn't the first time Kado has fired someone who pissed them off - take Yamankan, who was the series composition director for Haruhi and was the guy who came up with, and choreographed, "Hare Hare Yukai" and "Motteke! Sailor Fuku". He got too full of himself behind the scenes and Kado requested he get pulled. His comments about anime following Wake Up Girls! show he hasn't changed, and that's why in the 10 years since hitting it big he hasn't found much work.

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Huh. Interesting. A, this is good news for Index fans disappointed by how Railgun took over the franchise, I guess. (Don't know. Haven't seen either one!) B, this is great news for Haruhi fans and fans of other franchises that are waiting on long overdue sequels. If they can make Index S3 seven years after S2, they can make Rozen Maiden S3, Haruhi S3, Kaiji S3, the list goes on.
Rozen Maiden season 3 huh...that would be quite the dream come true.

That said, I think the departure from Index was more the studio (which is JC Staff) pursuing other, more lucrative ventures. You might remember SHAFT was all the rage around 2009-2010, with huge brand name series like Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei and Hidamari Sketch to balance out one-shot titles like Natsu no Arashi!, Arakawa Under the Bridge and Dance in the Vampire Bund.

What happened to SHAFT? Four words: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. SHAFT hit the motherload with a totally original, blockbuster IP that they could milk for decades. One title like that was able to buoy Gainax for 20 years, and that was in addition to SHAFT's already mega huge licensed franchise, the Monogatari series.

Look at SHAFT's anime since 2010. There's a few random series like [email protected] and Nisekoi, but the overwhelming majority is Monogatari and Madoka. Because those are the cash cows. They can't even divert resources to finishing Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei which was also a cash cow, but pales compared to those two.

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HAHAHAHA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

WHY!?

Why would they do this!? A, why would MadHouse pass on the opportunity to do what you have always argued to be the better half of OPM? And B, why would The Powers That Be snub MadHouse and hand the torch on to J.C. Staff who, a few wonderful exceptions aside (Toradora!, Sakurasou), really haven't had the best track record to date? I mean, I didn't even watch it, but I'm still reeling from what by all accounts was their botched adaptation of Key's Little Busters.
Madhouse has gained a rep lately that they don't do second seasons. Which is what made the Overlord and No Game, No Life movie so surprising.

I'll say this. Shueisha is the producer for OPM. Madhouse was already not expecting the quality for S2 to match S1, based on the same budget (because a lot of free lancers donated time/effort due to their love of the source and wanting to outdo one another). Madhouse doesn't have to settle for a cheap title anymore, they're basically the top anime studio left right now that isn't pigeon holed into making otakubait anime.

Shueisha itself has been taking hits by the reduction of value for Weekly Shounen Jump. Things have been on a precipitous decline with the ending of Naruto and Bleach. The bleeding has slowed somewhat thanks to Boruto and Boku no Hero Academia but the company still took major hits between late 2015 and now. Maybe they couldn't pay up.

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I mean ... I guess it's great news for Overlord fans! But man, this is tragic news for OPM fans. You wait years for Season 2, only to be told it's going to be done by J.C. Staff ...
I'm just speculating, but with Volume 12 coming out this Saturday, and Volume 13 (presumably!) before the end of the year or at latest February, things are looking good for the Scourge.

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I have thoughts and questions about this, but I guess I will shelve them for now.
I actually don't know too much about the branding myself. What I do know is that Overlord is pretty small for a novel - which can go up to 800 pages, give or take - but it's gotten too large for a light novel, which is about 200-300 pages.

Slayers and Ginei, by page count, are closer to Haruhi as light novels than true novels, but they more or less preexisted the concept of a "light novel", which didn't rise to prominence until Haruhi, I wager. So this is a pretty interesting step for Overlord to sort of assert its legitimacy.
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