News just came in from loyal blog reader Skane, about the change of directors for Lucky Star.
Apparently, current director Yamamoto Hiroshi has been changed to Yasuhiro Takemoto, whose credits include directing FMP? Fummoffu and FMP: The Second Raid. The news post link on Kyoto Animation website is here.
Hmm, just as I thought Lucky Star was improving much, but looks like KyoAni’s higher-ups weren’t as pleased. Did the resignation of Gainax’s Takami Akai had an indirect role in this, I wonder. Changing directors this early in the series airing is pretty unprecedented as far as I know, but it does show KyoAni’s legendary trait of producing high quality shows. We’ll see how the new director will bring Lucky Star in what direction and given his credits, I’m having pretty high hopes.
UPDATE: High possibility the news is a fake inserted by net vandals. Read hashihime’s comment below. The notice page seems to be inaccessible as well.
UPDATE 2: Surprisingly the news post is still up now, at Japan time 10am. Either the news is true or the vandals locked KyoAni out of their server. Further confirmation still needed I think.
UPDATE 3: The announcement has been picked up by many other major news sites, including Moon Phase, ANN and ANS. Looks like the news is true after all. Lack of more details probably due to the fact that Golden Week starts in Japan today. We’ll see as time goes on.