A New Preview of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai Anime Released

A new promotional video for the romantic comedy anime series Sasami-san@Ganbaranai has been released. The video features the opening theme song “Alteration” by ZAQ. The anime will premeire in Japan today and will begin streaming on The Anime Network on 18 January.

The story follows a hikikomori (shut-in) named Sasami Tsukuyomi (voiced by Kana Asumi) who has been attempting to pass her first year of high school despite being unmotivated to change her clothes, let alone leave her house. Her older brother Kamiomi (Houchu Ohtsuka) is a teacher at the school she is supposed to attend, so she uses his as a “Brother Surveillance Tool” to view the outside world via her computer. Her “Brother Surveillance Tool” doesn’t seem to do much to help her academically, but it gives her a close up view of her brother’s relationship with the three beautiful Yagami sisters.

Akiyuki Shinbo (Madoka Magica) will be directing the series at SHAFT animation studio (Bakemonogatari). Katsuhiko Takayama (Love, Election & Chocolate) is the series scriptwriter and Hiroki Harada (Romeo × Juliet) is the character designer. The anime is based on Akira’s light novel series.

First Haganai Next Anime Commercial Released

The first commercial for the anticipated second series of Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Haganai Next, has been released. The series will air in Japan on 10 January 2013.

The first series’ assistant director Toru Kitahata (Love, Election & Chocolate) is taking over as the director from Hisashi Saito (Bamboo Blade, Heaven’s Lost Property). Unlike the first series, the original light novel writer Yomi Hirasaka will be in charge of the series scripts, alongside Tatsuhiko Urahata (Strike Witches) from the first series. Kurasumi Sunayama (Romeo X Juliet) is also joining the writing staff. The main cast will be reprising their roles from the first series.