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Kotonakare Hero Gingerman Flash Anime to Air in Japan

posted on 2009-01-02 13:30 EST
Root of ginger stands up for rights of "bit player vegetables" in refrigerator

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The official website for the Kotonakare Hero Jinjāman (Peace-at-Any-Price Hero Gingerman) Flash-animated shorts has launched with an announcement that the anime will premiere on six Japanese broadcasting stations, starting this Saturday. The concept was created by Pussycat Daisakusen (Pussycat! Go! Go! Go!) co-screenwriter Komame Yoshizuya and animated by Kenji Itoso. The official website has posted a sample short.

The story centers around a spineless, lazy vegetable who becomes a hero in a family refigerator's vegetable bin. The downtrodden "bit player vegetables" — condiments such the green onions, wasabi, red chili pepper, and black pepper — face prejudice from the "lead role vegetables" — main dish vegetables such as the daikon (Japanese white radish), carrot, and sweet potato. A root of ginger names himself Gingerman and stands up for the rights of the bit player vegetables.

Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Gatchaman, Vampire Hunter D, Angel's Egg) created a similar anime called Yasai no Yōsei - N.Y. Salad. That award-winning series uses a combination of computer graphics and pencil sketches to depict the secret nocturnal life of vegetables in a New York kitchen. Not coincidentally, Amano lives in New York City.

Source: Kenji Itoso's Diary of Slapstick Animation Production Work

Image © Komame Yoshizuya/Kenji Itoso/Mz Planning/Amusement Media Sōgō Gakuin


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