Netflix recently released a trailer for “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” an anime series adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved graphic novel series. Showrunners Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski, speaking at New York Comic Con, revealed that Julian Cihi lends his voice to the Katayanagi Twins (Kyle and Ken). The series is set to make its debut on November 17.
O’Malley, the original creator, is not only writing the project but also serving as an executive producer alongside BenDavid Grabinski, who is known for his work on the new “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” series. O’Malley and Grabinski jointly take on the role of showrunners. Japan’s Science SARU, renowned for their work on “DEVILMAN crybaby” and “Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!”, is responsible for animating the project.
Eunyoung Choi, the CEO of Science SARU, serves as the producer, while Abel Góngora, known for his work on “Star Wars: Visions’ ‘TO-B1,” takes on the role of director.
The cast from the 2010 live-action Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film adaptation are returning for the anime, and it includes:
- Mark Webber as Stephen Stills
- Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim
- Ellen Wong as Knives Chau
- Brie Larson as Envy Adams
- Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers
- Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim
- Alison Pill as Kim Pine
- Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers
- Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel
- Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves
- Chris Evans as Lucas Lee
- Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram
- Mae Whitman as Roxy Richter
- Johnny Simmons as Young Neil
Edgar Wright, the director and co-writer of the 2010 live-action film adaptation, joins as an executive producer, along with Nira Park, Michael Bacall, and Marc Platt Productions’ Marc Platt, Jared Leboff, and Adam Seigel.
“Scott Pilgrim” narrates the adventures of a Toronto indie rocker in his 20s, struggling to maintain employment, prevent eviction, and navigate the challenges posed by the seven evil exes of the girl he’s smitten with, who’s new in town.
In 2020, Wright hinted at plans for an animated adaptation, stating, “We’ve been talking with Bryan and with Jared for a while [about]: What if we did something with the books in anime form? It’s being discussed as we speak.”
Bryan Lee O’Malley originally penned the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which garnered the prestigious Harvey Award and ran from 2004 to 2010. The series also inspired the 2010 film “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation” short by Titmouse. Additionally, Ubisoft Montreal developed the video game “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game” in 2010.
O’Malley’s contributions extend beyond his graphic novels; he even created an original cover illustration for Viz’s Shojo Beat magazine in March 2008, which featured an interview with the artist, an art tutorial, and a four-panel comic by O’Malley himself. In 2018, Anime News Network conducted an enlightening interview with O’Malley, delving into his work and his influences from the world of manga.
Source | Netflix’s Youtube channel, press release