The Yojohan Time Machine Blues Twitter page has revealed that the anime will have both series and movie versions.
The show will first be released on Disney+ as a series, and there will also be a “completely original episode” that is exclusive to the streaming platform. The anime will later be reedited into a movie and receive a theatrical release. Both versions will release in 2022.
Written by Tomihiko Morimi and based on a concept by Ueda, the Yojohan Time Machine Blues novel was published in 2020. It is the sequel to 2005’s The Tatami Galaxy, which also received an anime adaptation. AnimeAnime describes Yojohan Time Machine Blues‘s plot as:
The story begins on one hot summer’s day, when ”Me”’s bad friend, Ozu, destroys a certain aircon remote controller from the student dormitories by soaking it in water.
The cool beauty, Akashi-san, who briefly wonders how she is going to spend her summer agrees to come up with a plan when a dim-witted looking male student who claims to have traveled from 25 years in the future by a time machine appears. “Me”, who thinks about returning to the past in the order to retrieve the remote before it was destroyed is, however…..
Meanwhile, Crunchyroll describes The Tatami Galaxy as:
When a college dropout stops for a late night bite at a mysterious ramen stand, he crosses paths with a self-proclaimed deity of matrimony. This bizarre meeting sends the young man hurtling through a horrifying flashback to his not-so-glorious college days when the influence of a cruel new friend turned him from a hopeless romantic into a mischievous “black cupid.”
Yojohan Time Machine Blues‘s staff includes Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, Sonny Boy) as director, Makoto Ueda (The Tatami Galaxy series composer) as scriptwriter, and Yūsuke Nakamura (The Tatami Galaxy) as the original character designer. Science SARU is the animation production studio.
Science SARU had previously produced the 2010 anime series adaptation of The Tatami Galaxy and the 2017 anime film adaptation of its spiritual successor, Night Is Short, Walk On Girl. Those adaptations were directed by Masaaki Yuasa, with Natsume contributing some of the show’s storyboards and serving as episode director for The Tatami Galaxy‘s sixth episode.