News Kūchū Buranko TV Series to Be Anime/Live-Action Hybrid
posted on 2009-09-23 00:23 EDT
The previously announced television series adaptation of Hideo Okuda's Kūchū Buranko (Trapeze) short story collection will be a hybrid of 2D anime and live-action. 20-year-old media personality Yumi Sugimoto will play a "sexy nurse" in both the anime and live-action segments. The stories center around the various odd patients of psychiatrist Ichirō Irabu; Sugimoto's character is an assistant to Irabu. Yuji Mitsuya and Romi Paku are splitting the shared role of Ichirō Irabu since the character takes on three different forms (pictured at right).
For this project, director Kenji Nakamura is reuniting with his Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales (Bakeneko) and Mononoke character designer/chief animation director Takashi Hashimoto at Toei Animation. The television series will premiere on October 15 in Fuji TV's popular late-night Noitamina timeslot.
Source: Sankei Sports
Image © Kūchū Buranko Production Committee