Crunchyroll Original series premieres this April
It's hard to believe, but we're officially less than a month away from the April 1 premiere of the Tower of God anime, a Crunchyroll Original that adapts the popular WEBTOON series by SIU. We previously covered some of the key players behind the production, and now that it's right around the corner, there's no better time to take a closer look at a few of the staff members who are working hard to bring it all to life.
Director - Takashi Sano
Takashi Sano may just have a few full-on director credits—including Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment and a bunch of episodes of Transformers: Energon—but this is a career that spans decades. In addition to working on a lot of Lupin, from key animation on special episodes to working as animation director on The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and storyboards for Part 4 and Part 5, Sano has had a hand in some of the biggest anime series of all time.
Chief among them is a little series called Neon Genesis Evangelion, on which Sano is credited as a key animator. Sano also directed episodes of Gantz and Gad Guard, and recently storyboarded on MEGALOBOX, Princess Principal, and Vinland Saga, which took home Best Drama at this year's Anime Awards.
When quality storyboards make an award-worthy show!
Assistant Director - Hirokazu Hanai
Assisting Takashi Sano is another long-time industry animator, with key animation credits ranging from InuYasha to Fullmetal Alchemist, a couple episodes of Naruto, an episode of the 2011 Hunter x Hunter anime, and many more. This is far from a first-time directing gig, though; Hanai previously helmed Dances with the Dragons at anime production house Seven Arcs Pictures. As far as assistant director credits are concerned, you can catch Hanai's stamp on Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas and Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD.
One of Hanai's credits is director of Dances with the Dragons.
Series Composition - Erika Yoshida
When it comes to taking SUI's WEBTOON series from strip to script, Erika Yoshida is in charge of Tower of God's series composition. Yoshida's résumé is a little more compact than some of the other staff members, but there's impressive range on display already. It all begins with scripts for Sunrise's 2011 superhero outing, Tiger & Bunny, which led to the same line of work for spinoff DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG & KIRILL, as well as LUPIN THE 3rd PART4, and Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru.
Capturing the spirit of Lupin takes a special type of writer.
Character Design - Masashi Kudo & Miho Tanino
Character designer Miho Tanino may not have a lengthy list of credits, but Tower of God pairs this relatively fresh talent with a major veteran of the anime industry. Masashi Kudo has an absolutely stacked lineup to his name, and in the character design department you're likely most familiar with his take on Tite Kubo's creations for Pierrot's Bleach anime.
Going beyond an extensive list of character design, key animation, and animation direction credits, Kudo actually has a few director credits to add to the pile. If you want to see what the Tower of God character designer has to work with in that capacity, you can pop on anime like Kyō no Asuka Show, Re-Kan!, SANRIO BOYS, the Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch OVA, Hayate the Combat Butler! Can't Take My Eyes Off You, and the aforementioned Chain Chronicle.
Character designs are one of Bleach's long-running strong suits.
Music - Kevin Penkin
If Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! has taught us anything, even the most electrifying animation doesn't quite pack the same punch without sound and, of course, music. For Tower of God, the soundtrack is in the hands of one of the most prolific composers of late: Kevin Penkin. In just the last couple years alone you've heard his work in hit series like Made in Abyss and The Rising of the Shield Hero, and we're definitely looking forward to all the ways his soundtrack will enhance the dynamic action and drama of Tower of God.
Strong compositions make shows like Shield Hero even more memorable.
What about you? What aspects of the Tower of God staff have you looking forward to the adaptation? Hopefully we'll learn more about the other folks behind the series soon, and stay tuned for a closer dive into the cast announced thus far!
Additional credits sourced via Anime News Network's encyclopedia.