By Patrick Aguda / February 18th, 2016
Ichigo Takano’s sci-fi romance manga Orange has been green-lit for a TV anime adaptation. The anime will be produced at TMS Entertainment and Telecom Animation Film.
The Orange anime will be directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki. Hamasaki has previously worked on Steins;Gate and Terraformars. The script will be penned by Yuuko Kakihara. Kakihara has previously worked on Chihayafuru 2. Nobuteru Yuki will design the characters for the anime. Yuki has previously worked on The Vision of Escaflowne and Kids on the Slope.
The original Orange manga was written by Ichigo Takano. It was first published by Shueisha in their shōjo magazine, Bessatsu Margaret, in 2012. In 2013 the manga was moved and published in Futabasha’s seinen magazine, Monthly Action. The manga completed publication in 2015 and Futabasha has released 5 volumes for the series. The series has sold over 4 million copies.
The Orange manga is licensed for digital release in North America by Crunchyroll. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga for release in paperback format. Seven Seas plans to release the entire series in two omnibus volumes. They published the first omnibus volume on January 26, 2016.
A synopsis for the story is provided by Seven Seas Entertainment:
Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru’s as well.
The anime adaptation for Orange is set to premiere this summer.
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