Sgt. Frog Is Getting A New Anime Project

A new Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsou/Sgt. Keroro) anime project has been announced. While the timing is suspect (it’s April Fool’s Day in Japan), the announcement post’s hashtag assures readers that, yes, this is happening.

Further details will have to wait, but for now, there is a promotional video celebrating the 20th anniversary of the anime. Joji Furuta (Shaman King 2021 and Shaman King Flowers director), who was storyboard artist and director for a number of the original series’ episodes and its 11th opening, storyboarded and unit directed the PV. BN Pictures produced it with assistance from Studio Bind

The first Sgt. Frog anime series premiered in 2004 and ran for 358 episodes across multiple season, ending in 2011. 2014 saw the release of the 24-episode Keroro. Both series were produced by Sunrise (now just a brand name of BN Pictures), but with staff differences. Bridge provided production assistance for the former, while Gathering did so for the latter. In addition to the series, there are a few anime movies.

Sgt. Frog is based on the KADOKAWA-published manga by Mine Yoshizaki, which began in 1999 (after a 1998 one-shot) in Shonen Ace and is still ongoing, with 33 tankoubon volumes as of May 2023. Viz Media describes the first volume as:

After Sgt. Keroro blew his cover and lost his top-secret weapon, the frog-like alien has been cut off from the homeworld. To make matters worse, he’s lost communications with the rest of his platoon. Now he has taken cover in the Hinata family household, where in exchange for doing his share of the chores, he gets his own room from which to secretly devise new plans of world domination!

The Sgt. Frog anime is streamed on Crunchyroll, Apple TV, and Prime Video.

Source: @keroro_anime