Gainax, the studio responsible for hits like Neon Genesis Evangelion, made an appearance at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where they revealed Sadon-Desu and Akubi wo Suru ni Wake ga Aru, two anime projects that aren’t in production yet.
The first project is Sadon-Desu, an anime adaptation of the four-panel manga drawn by Kyo Hatsuki. The manga, which has been serialized in Kodansha’s Young Magazine since last November, is centered around a high school girl named Koume who enters a tea ceremony club. The name Sadon-Desu is pronounced the same way as “sudden death” in Japanese, although that has no obvious relationship with tea ceremonies. The anime hasn’t been green-lit, but if the manga becomes popular enough, it will happen eventually.
The second project is an original anime called Akubi wo Suru ni wa Wake ga Aru (There is a Reason Why We Yawn). The story is set in Japan in the year 2093, after the most respected town in the world has sunk thirty meters below the surface of the ocean. A young girl goes free diving to explore the sunken town, where she undergoes an emotional change.
Although Gainax hasn’t even started producing the anime yet, they have been developing the concept and gathering funds for six years. Hopefully, the publicity they’ve built by revealing this project will help, and the years they’ve spent won’t go to waste.