Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
According to an interview on Newtype Magazine, creator Shuichi Oshida came up with Panda-Z in 1999 when his former job acquired a Macintosh and he learned Adobe Illustrator on it. Shortly after quitting that job and going freelance, Oshida was told by a former co-worker that MegaHouse Corporation was looking for character designers. Eventually, MegaHouse saw Oshida's Panda-Z art, and with Mazinger Z creator Go Nagai's full blessing, created a brand-new merchandising lineup for the character.
Denwan the phone dog gets his name from the Japanese words Denwa (telephone) and wan-wan (the sound dogs make). Etekkii the monkey gets his name from kii-kii (the sound monkeys make). ZouTank gets his name from zou (elephant).
Warunimal is a derivative of the words waru (evil) and animal.
Moo-Gyuu's name is derived from the Japanese name gyuu (cow).
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