The production of the anime “Jiisan Baasan Wakagaeru” (A Story About a Grandpa and Grandma Who Returned Back to Their Youth), adapted from the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Kagiri Araido, has revealed a new promotional video about the project, which we leave here for you below. The video confirms that the animation of the work will be carried out by GEKKOU studios, and it also reveals part of the production team. The expected release date is currently set for some point in April 2024 in Japan.
- Masayoshi Nishita (Kenja no Mago, Kinsou no Vermeil, Eyeshield 21) is in charge of directing the anime at GEKKOU studios.
- Yukie Sugawara (Sword Art Online, Overlord, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen) is responsible for writing and overseeing the scripts.
- Nagisa Takahashi (Gleipnir, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T, Temple) is in charge of character design and animation direction.
- Tomoki Hasegawa (Nana, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Nazo no Kanojo X) is responsible for the composition of the soundtrack.
- Shinichiro Miki as Shozo.
- Mamiko Noto as Ine.
- Shiori Mikami as Mino.
- Nao Toyama as Shiori.
Araido began publishing the manga on the social network “X” (formerly Twitter), and in June 2020, it moved to Comic Alunna magazine, from the KADOKAWA editorial label. Currently, its seventh compiled volume is scheduled to be published very soon.
The story follows Shouzou and Ine Saitou, a mature couple who have been happily married for as long as they can remember. Their love is strong and enduring, despite age, wrinkles, and the problems that come with old age. One day, by chance, they wake up to discover they are young again. Despite their ages and memories, because they are still the same people, their bodies are young and attractive. The plot takes us along with the couple in their day-to-day life, discovering nuances of their changes that influence various aspects, such as their family, challenging the expectations of the younger members of their circle.
“Jiisan Baasan Wakagaeru” is an original and fresh story, offering a glimpse into some facets of the everyday life of an ordinary couple, which could be yours or mine, with the only major change being that they are suddenly young again, having already lived long and full lives, always with a strong love present between them. Undoubtedly, there is a marked before and after in both stages of their lives, with consequences that are sometimes humorous, sometimes dramatic, but always inviting deeper thought than the simple story told through images.
According to comments from the director, Masayoshi Nishita:
“What makes the original ‘Grandpa’ work so appealing is that it doesn’t end with comedy; after having laughed enough, there are scenes that move you with human drama. It is not an exaggeration to say that this slow pace is the true emotion. The two main characters, who have such a sense of urgency deep in their hearts, naturally make you want to support them.”
Based on this, it’s not surprising to assume that we will find it extremely easy to empathize and identify with the protagonists. We just have to wait until next April to immerse ourselves in this story that promises to be as moving as it is attractive and original.
What would you do if you fully regained your youth after having lived a full life, full of experiences characteristic of an advanced age? Because we’re not talking about turning back time, but about having literally a “new” life ahead of you, with all the energy again, and endless possibilities in front of you, not to mention, of course, having the love of your life by your side…
Now, it’s your turn. Go ahead, the comments are all yours. We’ll be reading!
See you! 😉