The anime adaptation of Inio Asano’s “Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction” manga was officially announced on Thursday via the anime’s official website. This highly anticipated adaptation will take the form of a two-part film project set to debut in the spring of 2024. Accompanying the announcement was a captivating teaser visual that has stirred excitement among fans.
The revelation of this anime project came about in March 2022, courtesy of GAGA Communications. A noteworthy aspect is that this endeavor marks the first comprehensive anime adaptation of any of Asano’s works, a fact that has heightened expectations.
Spearheading the creative efforts are director Tomoyuki Kurokawa, known for notable works like “Psychic Detective Yakumo” and “Break of Dawn,” and accomplished screenwriter Reiko Yoshida, whose credits encompass impactful works like “A Silent Voice” and “Violet Evergarden.”
Overseeing character design and animation direction is the skilled Nobutake Ito, recognized for contributions to works such as “The Tatami Galaxy” and “Kemonozume.” Ensuring the visual ambiance is art director Mika Nishimura, renowned for her role as an assistant art director on “Dorohedoro.” Contributing to the auditory aspect is composer Taro Umebayashi, known for his work on series like “Space Dandy” and “Yuri!!! on Ice.”
The manga’s narrative orbits around the peculiar daily lives of Kadode Koyama, an ostensibly ordinary high school girl, and her companion Ouran Nakagawa, situated in a world disrupted by the emergence of a colossal mothership above Tokyo. Commencing its serialization in April 2014 within Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine, the series experienced intermittent hiatuses from July 2014 onwards. The manga eventually concluded its run in February 2022, culminating in the release of its twelfth and final volume in March of the same year.
This manga also gave rise to a 3D animated promotional video in September 2020. Its merits were acknowledged when it secured the Best General Manga award at the 66th Shogakukan Manga Awards in January 2021. Further accolades were garnered through recognition at the manga category of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2022.
An English-speaking audience can also indulge in the narrative, courtesy of Viz Media’s English releases. Noteworthy is Viz Media’s involvement in publishing Asano’s prior works such as “Solanin,” “What a Wonderful World!,” “Downfall,” and “Goodnight Punpun.” Meanwhile, Fantagraphics Books brought forth Asano’s horror-themed “Nijigahara Holograph” in 2014, with Vertical Comics handling the English publication of “A Girl on the Shore” in 2016. A cinematic dimension was also explored, with live-action adaptations of “Solanin,” “A Girl on the Shore,” and “Downfall.”