Welcome to the NHK director Yusuke Yamamoto remarks on his motivations in working on the project, which he describes as eschewing popular sci-fi and moe elements in favor of a comparatively more everyday story.
Ever wonder how much it costs to license anime? Well, thanks to this article on ADV’s bankruptcy proceedings, we now have some idea of what the costs are.
A more interesting question is this: where do those costs come from? Is there some factor that predicts how much companies are willing to shell out?
Using this page to compare with per-volume Japanese sales (22 of the 29 titles are listed there), we can get some idea of whether American and Japanese anime markets actually overlap.