Who is Studio Drive? Animation company snags KonoSuba S3, To Your Eternity S2

Poster visuals for the upcoming KonoSuba season 3 and the upcoming season 2 of To Your Eternity.
Poster visuals for the upcoming KonoSuba season 3 and To Your Eternity Season 2. Pic credit: Studio Drive

On May 28, 2022, a KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World Season 3 anime TV series as well as a KonoSuba: An Explosion on this Wonderful World! anime by Studio Drive was announced.

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima. The story revolves around a boy named Kazuma Sato, who following his untimely death is sent to a fantasy world that has MMORPG elements. Kazuma forms a dysfunctional adventuring party with a goddess, an archwizard, and a crusader.

This announcement has gotten KonoSuba fans curious about Drive Co. Ltd. Studio Drive is an animation studio that works in music production, animation planning, anime production, artist management, event planning, management, and original anime development. It was established in May 11, 2015, and is located in Suginami-ku, Tokyo.

Studio Drive is most known for its animation production in the animes: Teppen! Muv-Luv Alternative, Vlad Love, and ACTORS Song Connection. Drive cooperated in the production of: Dead by Daylight, Metal Slug Tactics, eps 40 and 47 of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, Eps 32 and 41 of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, the 10th ep of Death! Ekoda-chan, and Tell Me The Magical Pendulum.

Poster visuals for anime Teppen! and Vlad love.
Poster visual for anime Teppen! and Vlad Love. Pic credit: Studio Drive

Here at Drive Studio we are a group of creators – directors, composers, animators, and mix engineers. We want to not only create anime, but also work in management, production, and accounting in the anime industry.

Drive Co. Ltd company profile from their official website.

KonoSuba fans blessed with two upcoming anime adaptations by Studio Drive

Between December 2012 and October 2013, KonoSuba was published as a printed light novel series by Kadokawa Shoten under the company’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint from October 2013 to May 2020. The light novel series has a divergent plot and features illustrations by Kurone Mishima.

In October 2014, KonoSuba’s manga adaptation was serialized in Fujimi Shobo’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine and was illustrated by Masahito Watari and Joseph Yokobori. From January to March 2016 an anime adaptation by Studio Deen aired, and its second season aired from January to March 2017 in Japan.

KonoSuba: An Explosion on this Wonderful World! is a spin-off light novel series that will also be receiving an anime adaptation. It began its publication from July 2014. Yen Press has licensed both the light novels and manga in North America for their English versions. On August 30, 2019 an anime film adaptation titled KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson by J.C. Staff premiered.

Poster visuals for Actors Song Connection anime and Uzumaki anime.
Poster visual for Actors Song Connection and the upcoming anime Uzumaki. Pic credit: Studio Drive

Drive snags another very popular and epic anime To Your Eternity

Studio Drive will also be handling another anime sequel. The To Your Eternity Season 2 release date is scheduled for Fall 2022.

To Your Eternity is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima. Since November 2016, it was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine and the manga’s chapters have been collected into sixteen tankobon volumes as of August 2021.

The story revolves around an immortal alien life form that comes to Earth and ends up taking multiple forms from a rock to a dog and then a boy with white hair, who he identifies with the most. He adopts the name Fushi and continues to gain new forms as he slowly learns what it is to be truly human.

Oima was inspired by her own grandmother’s death and decided to write a story about survival and To Your Eternity came into being. Fushi starts out as an emotionless stone but gradually develops a sense of self and a unique personality as he interacts with humans young and old alike. To Your Eternity focuses on the future whereas her previous work A Silent Voice focused on the characters’ pasts.

From April to August 2021 an anime television series adaptation by Brain’s Base aired on Japan’s NHK Educational TV. Drive has replaced Brain’s Base in animating the second season and Kiyoko Sayama replaced Masahiko Murata as the director. Kodansha USA has licensed the manga in North America for its English release. Crunchyroll has licensed To Your Eternity outside of Asia for streaming.

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