Main staff revealed for upcoming adaptation based on a team of harried designers creating the Animal Kingdom
Get ready to be otterly amazed, because a new key visual and the main staff have been revealed for Heaven's Design Team (known in Japan as Tenchisozo Design Bu), an upcoming TV anime based on the office comedy manga written by Hebi-Zou and Tsuta Suzuki and illustrated by Tarako about a group of harried subcontractors who are hired to help God design the denizens of the Animal Kingdom. The main staff includes:
- Original work: Heaven's Design Team (written by Hebi-Zou and Tsuta Suzuki, illustrated by Tarako, and serialized in Kodansha's Morning Two magazine)
- Director: Sôichi Masui
- Series composition: Michiko Yokote
- Character design: Sachiko Oohashi
- Prop design: Takuya Imakado
- Color settings: Miho Tanaka
- Art director, art settings: Hiroyuki Nemoto (Art Team Convoy)
- Director of photography: Momoko Naka
- Photography supervisor: Yuki Teramoto
- Editor: Yuuki Honda
- Music: Hayato Matsui
- Sound director: Satoki Iida
- Sound production: Studio Mausu
- Music production: aves pictures
- Animation production: Asahi Production
- Production: Heaven's Design Team Production Committee
An English language version of the original Heaven's Design Team manga is published in the U.S. by Kodansha Comics, who describe the story of the series as follows:
In Heaven’s Animal Design Department, designers create a variety of new animals daily while contending with the unreasonable requests of their client: God. Funny, interesting, and full of useful information, this series answers questions such as, “Why can’t unicorns exist?”, “What makes an animal taste delicious?”, “What’s the most powerful creature in the ocean?”, and, “Bird versus snake: who would win?” You won’t believe it’s a manga series when you read up on the featured animals in the included encyclopedia entries. Heaven’s Design Team will make your next trip to the zoo or aquarium 100 times more fun!
The tag-line on the new key visual translates as: "The client is God.", which is a reference to an old adage in Japanese retail businesses about the nature of customer service. Heaven's Design Team is scheduled to broadcast in Japan in 2021.
© Hebizou & Tsuta Suzuki・Tarako・Kodansha / Heaven's Design Team Production Committee
© Hebizou & Tsuta Suzuki・Tarako・Kodansha
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