Following a father and daughter’s journey through an uncharted and hostile underground labyrinth, the anime SAKUGAN combines a gritty science-fiction setting, utilitarian yet charming mech designs, and a deeply human tale of love, loss, and family. ANN spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu’s voice actress Kanon Amane to get some insight into the nuts and bolts of this highly ambitious production.
What are the primary themes of Sakugan?
Junichi Wada: Becoming a real parent and child.
How did you emphasize the father-daughter relationship between Gagumber and Memempu?
Junichi Wada: It’s emphasized even in the first episode that Gagumber and Memempu don’t trust each other. I feel like you can’t easily boil their relationship down to simple concepts like…