Director Hirotaka Mori Pitched Heavenly Delusion Anime Adaptation As Soon As Volume 1 Released

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In a recent interview with Crunchyroll, Heavenly Delusion director Hirotaka Mori shed light on his early involvement with the anime project, revealing that he pitched the project soon after the release of the manga’s first volume.

During the interview, Mori talked about his his admiration for Masakazu Ishiguro’s work, particularly Heavenly Delusion.

He reminisced about his initial encounter with the series during its serialization but admitted losing track due to professional commitments.

It was upon the release of the first volume that Mori found himself reimmersed in the world of Heavenly Delusion, prompting him to take action and pitch the project for an anime adaptation.

Reflecting on the production process, Mori candidly shared the most challenging aspect of adapting it into an anime, which, according to him was the task of wrapping up the story arc in Season 1, especially considering that the manga was still ongoing at the time.

While he had to consult with the manga creator Masakazu Ishiguro to navigate through this challenge, he ultimately had to devise the landing for the anime adaptation independently.

There were many challenges, but the biggest challenge was wrapping up the story arc in Season 1. The manga is still ongoing, but the show still had to wrap up. This was around the time when Volume 4 of the manga was out. But we had to give it some kind of continuity, ending and development.

I consulted with Ishiguro about his plans for the story, but that was only a little bit of a hint. I still had to come up with the landing. Originally, Heavenly Delusion was supposed to be 12 episodes, but that wasn’t possible. It had to be extended to 13.

Mori had previously shared that the acclaimed video game The Last Of Us influenced art direction of Heavenly Delusion anime.

The anime adaptation, produced by Production I.G, aired from April to June 2023.

The series was directed by Hirotaka Mori, with scripts written by Makoto Fukami, character designs handled by Utsushita of Minakata Laboratory, and music composed by Kensuke Ushio.

Heavenly Delusion manga has been serialized in Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Afternoon since January 2018, with its chapters collected in 10 tankobon volumes as of February 2024.

Source: Crunchyroll

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