If you've caught yourself thinking that the anime scene has gotten very same-y over the past few years then you're not at all alone. While I'm certain there are some hardcore anime fans reading this who can provide some examples of recent groundbreaking work - and please do, incidentally, would love some feedback in the comments section below - the art styles and stories being told have been, with a few exceptions, pretty bland for the past while. All of which makes director Daichi Akitaro's adaptation of writer Ipyao and artist Koyama Yujiro's manga Tonkatsu DJ Age-taro stand out all that much more.
For tge Japanese savvy among you, yes, tonkatsu is a breaded pork cutlet. And, yes, they do feature prominently here, with the lead of the story being a young man - the titular Age-taro - from a family who have run a tonkatsu restaurant for four generations as he pursues his dream of leaving the deep fryer behind and becoming a club DJ. The art style is super fun here and this first promo has got me hooked. Check it out below.