If you are a fan of anime, you will surely meet Crunchyroll, a streaming platform made especially for those who love this genre. It has a super wide catalog with diverse proposals both comedy, drama and some other suspense or science fiction. Among some of the shows that you can enjoy right now is Shingeki No Kiojin, To Your Eternity and so many others. In case you have already seen these incredible series, do not worry, because a new one is coming that you will love. Is about Sakugan, a story based on the novel by Nekotaro Inui.
The official synopsis of the anime tells us that Memempu, a fearless and very intelligent 9-year-old girl, dives with her father Gagumber in a unique adventure that will transform their father-daughter bond. It is that, both begin a journey that takes them to the outskirts of the colony where they live with the sole objective of knowing the famous Labyrinth, a place that will confront you with maximum danger.
Before its premiere in Crunchyroll, on Spoiler We had the opportunity to speak with a large part of the team of this spectacular anime. Look what they told us.
Interview with the Sakugan team, next Crunchyroll premiere
Takayuki Funahashi is one of the producers of the series while Junichi Wada, its director, and both gave us a little more detail about the goal and highlights of the series.
-If you had to define the series with 3 words, what would they be?
Funahashi: Parent-child love: a nine-year-old prodigy and her father. This story tells the story of the bond in a surprisingly simple way! Adventure – Follow parent and child through this colorful underground world, including real-world inspired sites like the Asian-themed colony “Pinyin” from Episode 1, and dangerous jungle and ice filled maze regions.
Mecha Action – As it’s set in an underground world, and the main robot “Big Tony” is a mechanical drill, not only does it run on the ground, but it moves along the ceilings and digs into the ground in its scenes of action, morphing between bipedal and vehicle modes to create a comical, action-packed story.
Wada: That is hard. Hmm … “Family”, “Travel” and “Robots” maybe … Or maybe “Independence”, “Letting go” and “Kinship”. One way or another, the father-daughter relationship is definitely the core of the show.
-What was it that led you to get involved in an animated series that, among various topics, reflects on parenthood?
Wada: I wanted to create a story that really leaves a mark on people. Something that, if you see it as a teenager, it will stick with you even when you’re older. In that sense, the topic of parents and children is one that many people have experienced first-hand, something that everyone has thought about and that I always wanted to address.
-Will those who have not read the novel by Nekotaro Inui enjoy the series?
Funahashi: We used Mr. Inui’s story as our starting point, and when we started developing the anime series, director Wada, screenwriter, production staff, and producers got involved to highlight the elements that Inui-san wanted to highlight, while refining it into an anime that everyone could enjoy. There are many original characters and developments, and the relationships between the characters are a bit different from the original. The novel and the anime share an environment, but each is their own, and we want people to be able to enjoy them as separate works.
Little Memumpu is brilliantly played by Kanon Amane, whose voice was chosen after a long casting process.
-What were the challenges of interpreting the voice of this brave girl?
She is very complicated. She is nine years old and has the mind of a college graduate. When she thinks “I can do this, so I will!” the “power” is based on the logic formulated by your more mature mind. But then that leads directly to the “so will I” part without her even considering the risks involved, in a way that reflects her youthful naivety. It is not purely the rash impulsiveness of youth. There is a discrepancy there that is interesting.
-What did you stop teaching being Memempu?
She always says “I’m smart!” and this is not even bragging, it is just stating a fact, without any understatement or exaggeration. In that way he taught me to have an accurate view of myself. Sometimes I overanalyze things, lose confidence and become negative, but I think having a part of it inside of me from now on will help me not to do that.
-Why do you think it is important for young people to see Sakugan?
I think a lot of young people are struggling with not being able to go to the places they want to go. Student trips have been canceled and you can’t create school memories on trips with friends. The various colonies featured in the show are meant to preserve nature and culture, so you will see many places that will remind you of popular tourist spots. Since we can’t really travel right now, I hope everyone watches Memempu and his father’s journey, feeling like they are on a world tour with them.
Meanwhile, the designer of Mecha Design, Stanilas Brunet He told us how he felt working on this series and reflected on the learning he left behind.
How do you manage to give some humanity to your designs, especially Sakugan? What is special about him?
At Sakugan, it was a delicate dose to bring Big Tony to life. I set my goal that this design should be just as stylish and cool in robot mode as it is in tank mode. And because of that, you shouldn’t make her face too expressive. It had to look like the front of a vehicle. So I decided to give her expressions by wearing her protective visor. Not all designs require this delicacy of treatment because very often they are just vehicles that have a role to play on stage. The Big Tony is both a vehicle and a companion for heroes. Its design had to suggest that it was rugged enough to work on a construction site, and at the same time, it was fast and strong for a long journey.
Do not forget that Sakugan premieres in October 7 on Crunchyroll.