Nickelodeon, a network well known for not airing anime, will premiere Kappa Mikey on Nicktoon on Saturday, February 25 at 8pm with 2 back to back episodes.
A series being hailed as "the only anime television series created and produced in the U.S." by Nickelodeon marketers, Kappa Mikey was created by Larry Schwarz of the Animation Collective and animated at the Animation Collective.
The theme song from Kappa Mikey is performed and created by Sony
Music Japan recording artists, Beat Crusaders
, best known to anime fans for the theme song to BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
The voices for Kappa Mikey are recorded at NYAV Post
, a studio well known for its anime dubs, as well as Cartoon Network
Venture Brothers. Michael Sinterniklaas
, longtime ADR
director and anime voice actor
, will voice the role of main character, Mikey.
The series will chronicle the struggles of a new star anime voice actor
who is not exactly right for the job. It tracks the "behind the scenes" world of a fictitious Japan anime series, "LilyMu," through the eyes of voice talent Mikey. Despite being a fish out of water, it turns out that "LilyMu"'s fans love Mikey and he becomes an overnight sensation.
Kappa Mikey will premiere during the "
Three-Headed Monster," Nicktoons Network
's prime-time programming block from 7:00pm to midnight, and will encore throughout the weekend. As a special on-air event tied-in to the show's debut, Kappa Mikey's main character, Mikey Simon, will host a series of "behind-the-scenes" interstitials beginning Saturday, February 25. The interstitials will feature guest appearances from Kappa Mikey's co-stars and first-look clips from the show.
Beginning in May, Kappa Mikey will roll out across Nickelodeon's international channels, including Nick
Asia, Nick UK, Nick Spain, Nick France and Nick Europe.4Kids Entertainment
will manage the marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives for the property on a global scale.