In the anime sphere, whispers of Lycoris Recoil's sequel project have been simmering since last February. Fans of the A-1 Pictures original, directed by Shingo Adachi, have been on tenterhooks, craving updates. The series, after all, has clung to its popularity like a badge of honor.
Then, a tweet shattered the silence. Shunsuke Sugimoto of A-1 Pictures, in a candid moment, replied to a fan's praise of the studio's work on "MASHLE: Magic And Muscles" and "Solo Leveling". The fan's anticipation for news was met with a slip - Sugimoto mentioned a movie in production. "Lycoris Recoil has an anime movie coming up. Please look forward to it! You'll surely find it intriguing!" he said.
The tweet vanished as quickly as it appeared, leaving behind a trail of speculation. Was this a sequel or a prequel? The intrigue deepened.
From Summer Sensation to Sales Titan
The show, premiering in Japan's Summer-2022 season, swiftly became a juggernaut in physical sales, with each release surpassing twenty thousand copies. It dominated the first-week sales charts for 2022, a testament to its gripping narrative and captivating characters.
The Creative Minds Behind the Phenomenon
- Shingo Adachi (known for "Sword Art Online", "Working!!") helms the direction at A-1 Pictures.
- Muru Imigi brings characters to life with his designs.
- Asaura, the original story crafter, weaves the intricate world of Lycoris.
- Kimika Onai dresses the characters, lending her costume design expertise.
The Story So Far
Japan's terrorist threats dwindle, thanks to Direct Attack (DA). This syndicate trains orphaned girls as assassins, under the "Lycoris" program. Among them, Takina Inoue stands out - a paragon of will and perfection. Yet, a hostage crisis tests her mettle, leading to a reassignment outside DA. She's sent to LycoReco, a café in disguise, far from the world she knows.
Her new partner, Chisato Nishikigi, the famed Lycoris prodigy, is her polar opposite. Chisato's casual approach to their deadly vocation, opting to disarm rather than destroy, leaves Takina reeling. As Takina strives to return to DA, Chisato is determined to show her there's more to life than the edge of a knife.
Source: Manga Mogura
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