A new preview clip has been released of the Yojohan Time Machine Blues original net animation (ONA). The 2-minute clip features the protagonist meeting a girl named Akashi, dressed in a red coat on a snowy night.
Yojohan Time Machine Blues is a sequel to The Tatami Galaxy series and premiered on Disney+ in Japan on September 14, 2022. Another three-week theatrical run will begin later on September 30, 2022. Episodes of the ONA will be released weekly until October 12, which will release both the fifth and final episodes. Episode 6 will be exclusive to Disney+ and feature original never-before-seen content.
The main voice cast includes Shintarou Asanuma as “Me,” Maaya Sakamoto as Akashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Ozu, Junichi Suwabe as Jougasaki-senpai, Yuuko Kaida as Hanuki-san, and Setsuji Satou as Aijima-senpai. Kazuya Nakai is playing Seitarou Higuchi, having taken over the role from the late Keiji Fujiwara in The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl anime film.
Additionally, actor Chikara Honda, who voiced a small role in The Tatami Galaxy, is playing Tamura-kun. Honda has previously played the time traveler Akira Tamura in the 2005 live-action film Summer Time Machine Blues.
The production staff consists of Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, Sonny Boy) as director, Makoto Ueda (The Tatami Galaxy series composer) as scriptwriter, Yuusuke Nakamura (The Tatami Galaxy) as original character designer, and Michiru Ooshima (Ride Your Wave) as music composer. Science SARU is handling the animation production.
Additional staff members include Nobutake Itou (The Tatami Galaxy) and Shouko Nishigaki (The Tatami Galaxy animation director) as character designers, Fuminao Akai (Yurei Deco) as art director, Ayaka Nakamura (Ride Your Wave) as color designer, and Hikari Itou (Yurei Deco) and Yoshihiro Sekiya (Yurei Deco) as photography directors.
Yojohan Time Machine Blues is based on the 2020 novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, based on a concept from Makoto Ueda and published by Kadokawa. The book is a sequel to Morimi’s 2005 novel The Tatami Galaxy.
Disney+ describes the ONA as:
It is August 12th. After the remote control to his boarding house’s only air conditioning unit is inadvertently destroyed by spilled cola, “I” devises a plan to return to yesterday in a time machine to recover the remote before it breaks. However, his prankster friend Ozu cannot resist playing with past events, even if it means bringing the universe to the brink of destruction. Now “I” finds himself racing through time to avoid disaster.