On July 3, 2022, Kadokawa released a trailer for the upcoming anime Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! by Drive Studio (Studio DEEN animated the previous two seasons and J.C. Staff animated the film).
It was also announced that the spin-off will star voice actresses Rie Takahashi as Megumin and Aki Toyosaki as Yunuyun. The anime, which is inspired by the spinoff novel series, centers on the character Megumin and her Crimson Magic Clan.
You can watch the trailer on the official Kadokawa anime YouTube channel here:
In the trailer the character designs for Megumin and Yunuyun are revealed as well as the building designs for what appears to be some kind of magic school.
Who are the members of the production team?
Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! production team:
- Chief director – Takaomi Kanasaki
- Director – Yujiro Abe (Episode director for Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Great Pretender)
- Series composition – Makoto Uezu
- Character design – Koichi Kikuta
The same production team members will be working on the third TV anime series of the main KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this world!! anime.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima. The story revolves around a boy named Kazuma Sato, who following his untimely death is sent to a fantasy world that has MMORPG elements. Kazuma forms a dysfunctional adventuring party with a bubble-headed goddess, an archwizard with powers on the fritz, and a masochistic crusader.
Where can I read or watch KonoSuba?
Between December 2012 and October 2013, KonoSuba was published as a printed light novel series by Kadokawa Shoten under the company’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint from October 2013 to May 2020. The light novel series has a divergent plot and features illustration by Kurone Mishima.
In October 2014, KonoSuba’s manga adaptation was serialized in Fujimi Shobo’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine and was illustrated by Masahito Watari and Joseph Yokobori.
From January to March 2016, an anime adaptation by Studio Deen aired, and its second season aired from January to March 2017 in Japan.
KonoSuba: An Explosion on this Wonderful World! is a spin-off light novel series that will also be receiving an anime adaptation. It began its publication from July 2014.
Yen Press has licensed both the light novels and manga in North America for their English versions.
On August 30, 2019, an anime film adaptation titled KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson by J.C. Staff premiered.
Drive Studio will also be handling the second season of To Your Eternity that is scheduled to premier in October 2022. To Your Eternity is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima. Since November 2016, it was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine and the manga’s chapters have been collected into sixteen tankobon volumes as of August 2021. The story revolves around an immortal alien life form that comes to Earth and ends up taking multiple forms from a rock to a dog and then a boy with white hair, who he identifies with the most. He adopts the name Fushi and continues to gain new forms as he slowly learns what it is to be truly human.
Oima was inspired by her own grandmother’s death and decided to write a story about survival and To Your Eternity came into being. Fushi starts out as an emotionless stone but gradually develops a sense of self and a unique personality as he interacts with humans young and old alike. To Your Eternity focuses on the future whereas her previous work A Silent Voice focused on the characters’ pasts. From April to August 2021 an anime television series adaptation by Brain’s Base aired on Japan’s NHK Educational TV. Drive has replaced Brain’s Base in animating the second season and Kiyoko Sayama replaced Masahiko Murata as the director. Kodansha USA has licensed the manga in North America for its English release. Crunchyroll has licensed To Your Eternity outside of Asia for streaming.
Studio Drive is most known for its animation production in the animes: Teppen! Muv-Luv Alternative, Vlad Love, and ACTORS Song Connection. Drive cooperated in the production of: Dead by Daylight, Metal Slug Tactics, eps 40 and 47 of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, Eps 32 and 41 of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, the 10th ep of Death! Ekoda-chan, and Tell Me The Magical Pendulum.