Crunchyroll’s own PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team, the web-manga based on the mascot characters of PARK Harajuku — an actual Harajuku-based fashion and culture store — is receiving it’s own animated adaptation, and I couldn’t be more excited. In an official announcement shared by the team at Crunchyroll today, we finally got our first major information reveal for Urahara, and boy is it something to fawn over. Before we get too into that however, let’s talk a little bit about just what you’ll be getting yourself into this October when the anime begins airing.
In the city of Harajuku, where fashion culture and all things cute gather, three girls by the names of Rin, Mari and Kotoko are developing a limited-time store known as “PARK”. One day however, an alien entity appeared stripping humanity of any culture that they held onto. To protect the Harajuku they know and love, these three girls must rise and fight back.
Based on the real world location of PARK Harajuku, a neat little shop located just off Takeshita Street, we find ourselves following the adventures of three girls as they fight off an alien invasion in an all new anime sci-fi adventure. Yes, you read that correctly, this is set to be a sci-fi adventure rather than the traditional ‘moe slice-of-life’ anime. Ahem. You can expect real world fashion tropes delivered through our three main characters, as well as a pretty unique insight into just what happens behind the scenes in Harajuku’s bustling fashion industry.
Taking on the role of director for the project is Kubo Amika, previously having worked with Super Milk Cow. This is set to be her first time working with an animated project of this style, so I’m extremely excited to see what she brings to the table as a creative. Working alongside her will be Arakawa Masatsugu, who is best known internationally for his work with FLCL, Ghost in the Shell, and numerous other titles. Helming series organization will be the esteemed Natsuko Takahashi, who has worked with well recognized titles such as Akira, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ore Monogatari!!, and so much more. Working character design will be Mariko Fujito of Cardcaptor Sakura and Initial D fame. So yeah, definitely something to fawn over.
The incredible lineup of staff doesn’t end there however, we haven’t even gotten into the voice actors and our main characters yet. Voicing our queen of street fashion Rito Sudo (left) will be the revered Haruna Luna, who prior to this was perhaps best known for her roles as an anime OP/ED artist for series such as Fate/Zero, Monogatari Series, Sword Art Online and a variety of others. Joining her as the slightly-preppy Kotoko Watatsumugi (middle) will be Manaka Iwami who is rapidly rising in the industry for her work with series such as Gamers!, New Game!! and the anticipated Childern of the Whales. Last but certainly not least voicing our favorite gothic lolita character Mari Shirako will be Sumire Uesaka, an award-winning voice actress who is best known for her roles in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Kancolle and [email protected] Cinderella Girls.
With only 3 more months until we’re finally able to watch Urahara, I couldn’t be any more excited. The team has gone out of their way to make a point out of their mostly-female staff roster, and you can totally see why. The incredible roster leading into the anime is filled with female pioneers of the anime industry, and we’re more than ready to see what they are going to bring to the table. There’s still so much more to learn about the upcoming series, and we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date. If you’re interested in checking out the original web-manga series PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team ahead of its anime adaptation, you can find it on Crunchyroll, here.