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New Tezuka Anime

posted on 2003-05-22 19:54 EDT
Boku no Son Goku movie coming out in July

An anime movie based on Osamu Tezuka's Boku no Son-goku (My Son Goku) is set to be theatrically released in Japan on July 12th. Tezuka's original story is another rendition of the Chinese tale "Journey to the West" or "Hsi Yu Chi", itself based on a true story of a famous Chinese monk, Xuan Zang.

Journey to the West has provided inspiration for many Chinese and Japanese stories over the years, including anime and manga such as Dragonball, Saiyuki and of course Boku no Son-goku.

Tezuka's Boku no Son-goku was serialized over a period of 7 years, from 1952 to 1959 in Manga-o from Akita Shoten Publishing. Meanwhile, the new anime has reportedly been in production for five years.

Relative newcomers to voice acting, popular Japanese singers "Yuka" and Eriko Imai will provide the voices for the main character and his love interest. Yuka, in only her second ever anime role, will voice the role of Son Goku, while Eriko Imai, in her anime debut, will voice the role of his love interest as well as perform the theme song, "Butterfly."

Boku no Son-goku has already been adapted into anime twice, in 1960 Tezuka produced Journey to the West (or Alakazam the Great) for Toei Animation, it was his first ever anime (he was not however the principal director) and in 1967 Mushi Productions created Adventures of the Monkey King. Both were quite different from Tezuka's manga.

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