Anime studio Fanworks announced on Wednesday that it will produce eight new episodes for the television anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The episodes will debut on E-Tele (NHK Educational TV), NHK‘s primarily educational channel, from July 29 to August 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Pop Team Epic series director and scriptwriter Jun Aoki is returning from the second set of episodes to direct the anime at Fanworks (Aggressive Retsuko, Ganbare! Lulu Lolo – Tiny Twin Bears). Other production staff include Yūji Uchiyama (Kami-Usagi Rope), Tomoya Takashima (Kagewani, Working Buddies!, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories), and Asami Ike. Yuri Habuka (Sushi and Beyond) is again composing the music.
Mariko Tokunaga (Doraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den opening animation, Usamaru) directed the first 10-episode series, which premiered in August 2018. Aoki directed the two new episodes that premiered in March.
The book series offers humorous introductions to surprising aspects of living creatures, such as “raccoons don’t really wash their food,” and “dolphins would drown if they fall completely asleep.”
Takahashi Shoten began publishing the book series in 2016, and the resulting four volumes have more than 3 million copies in circulation.
Sources: Fanworks‘ website, Anime! Anime! (MoA)