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The Japanese production company DLE has announced on Friday that it has been producing the Licca-chan to Mahō no Kuni (Licca-chan and the Magical Kingdom) original Flash anime series based on Takara Tomy's popular Licca-chan doll line. The first episode, "Licca-chan to Denwa" ("Licca-chan and the Phone") has begun streaming on Takara Tomy's official Licca-chan website on the same day. The website will stream the next episode, "Licca-chan to Kuma" ("Licca-chan and the Bear"), soon. The first episode will also be included in the DVDs that are bundled with the December issue of Shogakukan's Yōchien (Kindergarten) magazine and the February issue of Shogakukan's Mebae magazine.
Licca-chan's visibility in Japan is roughly comparable to Mattel's Barbie doll line in North America. Since she was introduced in 1968, 53 million dolls have been shipped in Japan. There was a traditionally animated Super Doll Licca-chan television series from 1998 and 1999, and it spawned the Super Doll Licca-chan: Licca-chan Zettai Zetsumei! Doll Knights no Kiseki film in 1999. Before that, Licca-chan Fushigina Fushigina Yunia Monogatari and two other video anime projects were produced between 1990 and 1992. Mai Hoshikawa plays Licca-chan in the new anime, while Keiji Fujiwara and Asa Komuro play the original anime characters Kuma and Princess Ann, respectively. (Komuro also narrates.)
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