The God of High School, the latest Crunchyroll Original series, shared a behind the scenes moment from the upcoming documentary on the making of the anime featuring a character seen in the second episode inspired by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. In the full documentary, premiering later this month, Crunchyroll takes viewers into MAPPA studios to meet the team behind The God of High School, along with the original WEBTOON creator, Yongje Park, who talks about the collaborative process of creating this Crunchyroll Original series.
In the clip, released this morning, Yongje Park mentions that the presidential character was inspired by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Yongje Park notes that when he drew this episode over a decade ago, Barack Obama was the President of the United States. However, the anime’s director, Sunghoo Park said Obama won’t be making an appearance in the anime. Being a big Marvel fan himself (with the Marvel tattoo to prove it), the director designed the Iron Man-inspired character who was actually voiced by the late Keiji Fujiwara, the same actor who voiced Iron Man in Japan. Fujiwara was also known for his iconic roles as Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to Kimura in Hajime no Ippo, Leorio in Hunter x Hunter, Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series, and more.
Creator Yongje Park also mentions that he’s “a fan of Marvel and other American comics,” and that he enjoyed the action in Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The full clip can be found on Crunchyroll Extras YouTube channel. The documentary “Behind the Scenes of ‘The God of High School’ | Making of an Anime” will premiere Monday, July 20 at 8 AM PT on Crunchyroll.
The God of High School is an action-packed series that follows a high schooler and his friends as they compete in an epic tournament, borrowing power directly from the gods and uncovering a mysterious organization along the way… With the promise of their heart’s deepest desires, motivating their tournament victory.
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