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Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Stuff Coming From Japan

Not quite, upcoming in Japan, but superflat artist Takashi Murakami will be creating a new animated project for his Versailles exhibition in France
"Six Hearts Princess" will feature
Producer: Hiroaki Takeuchi (THINK Corporation, Cencoroll, Voices of a Distant Star)
Director: Osamu Kobayashi (Beck, Paradise Kiss)
Digest Writer: Takashi Yamashita (Cencoroll, Melty Lancer)
Supervisor: Junichi Sato (Mahou Tsukai Tai!, Aria, Shugo Chara!! Doki—)
Choreographer: Ken Maeda
Opening Animation: TYO Animation (Appleseed)
Ending Animation: Cinegriot (Ring of Gundam, Yatterman, live-action Kamui Gaiden)
Character Designer: mebae (Sugar Dark: Umerareta Yami to Shojo illustrator, Black Rock Shooter animator, Cencoroll contributor)

The Chateau of Versailles, the apartments that once housed the kings and queens of France, is hosting an exhibition of Murakami's sculptures from September 14 to December 15. Among the sculptures that will be exhibited are "Flower Matango" and "Tongari-kun." Murakami's previous anime works include "Superflat Monogram" with Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars), the "Kaikai & Kiki" anime shorts, Kanye West's "Good Morning" music video, and Louis Vuitton's "Superflat First Love" short.
Last month, Murakami art-directed a magazine cover featuring American singer Britney Spears. Manga creator Seiji Matsuyama later revealed that the photoshoot was an indirect protest against the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's unsuccessful bill to restrict sexualized depictions of "nonexistent youths." Vice Governor Naoki Inose had shown Matsuyama's Okusama wa Shogakusei manga on television as an example of which manga should be restricted. Murakami then asked Matsuyama via Twitter about using Matsuyama's art to inspire his magazine photoshoot. 

Shonen Jump series Beelzebub, abou a high school tough raising the devil's son, is being adaptated into a TV anime seires

Production of a follow-up to indie anime short Cencoroll has been confirmed

Tomonori Inoue's action sci-fi manga Coppelion will be adapted into anime

Go Nagai's horror action series Dororon Enma-kun is receiving a new adaptation. A mature OVA version of series was released in North America by Bandai Visual

Tatsuya Egawa's risque work and love comedy Golden Boy will be returning in Business Jump

Evangelion will be getting a new goofy spin-off courtesy of Tony Takezaki not Evangelion

Live Action
Junior Chihara will be the lead in a TV drama adaptation of New King of Minami District

Again, not in Japan, but... Hayate the Combat Butler in getting a live action TV adaptation in Taiwan starring Shin-Hye Park and George Hu

Gokusen author Kozueko Morimoto's Deka Wanko (Detective Doggie) is getting a live action TV drama adaptation

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