Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai Anime Revealed in Video
NHK, the Japanese broadcasting organization, today unveiled both the cast and the creative team behind the upcoming anime adaptation of the novel series called Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai, which is the second installment in its popular Yatagarasu series. They also released the first promotional video for the show:
Heading the production team is Yoshiaki Kyougoku, of Laid-Back Camp renown, who is in charge of direction at Studio Pierrot. Script supervision is being handled by Yukiko Yamamuro who previously worked on live-action Touch. Character design is done by Takumo Norita known for classic animes like Lagrange, RIN-NE and Broken Blade. Music composition is being handled by Eishi segaw who worked on Ushio & Tora and the live-action film version of Gintama. Yuji Tange is serving as the sound director. NHK Enterprises and Pierrot are credited as producers.
The series will premiere on the NHK network come the month of April.
The narrative of the show is set in the realm of yatagarasu – Japanese crow deities. These beings possess the ability to transform between human and crow forms and inhabit a parallel world named Yamauchi, created by the mountain god, Yamagami. The society they live resembles that of the Heian era and maintains connections to the human world.
The storyline of Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai follows a charismatic though somewhat eccentric yatagarasu young man who is chosen to become a servant to the prince. The plot delves into their lives and power struggles within the royal court.
Abe began her novel series with Karasu ni Hitoe wa Niawanai, the first book released in 2012. Its first part spans six volumes including Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai, the second book released in 2013, and also includes a parallel story. The second part is currently three volumes long (with the most recent one published in October 2022) and also has a parallel story.
The first two novels in the series received manga adaptations. The adaptation of Karasu ni Hitoe wa Niawanai was executed by Natsumi Matsuzaki and was serialized on the Comic Days app (Kodansha) from June 2018 to April 2020. English translations of the title are available on Kodansha’s K MANGA platform under the name A Raven for All Seasons. An adaption of Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai was launched in May 2020 in the magazine Evening before shifting in December 2021 to the Comic Days app where it continues its run.