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Tai Chi Chasers (Tai Chi Senjimon), the first new Japanese-animated children's series that 4Kids Entertainment is adapting in three years, will premiere on American television this afternoon. (Check local listings for station and airing time.) 4Kids describes the story of the 39-episode series as follows:
After a strange and devastating attack on his home, a young boy named Rai is shocked to discover he's a secret descendent of the Tigeroids: an ancient race of peaceful beings locked in a struggle with the ruthless and cunning Dragonoids. In a parallel universe called Suhn, the Tigeroids and Dragonoids are battling furiously to recover 500 lost tai chi characters. Whoever retrieves these precious and potent symbols will possess the ultimate power to rule their realm…and destroy their enemies. As Rai hones his innate tai chi skills to fight the Dragonoids, he must find the lost tai chi and battle to become one of the champion Tai Chi Chasers!
After the Friday preview, the series will move to its regular Saturday timelot in The CWKids lineup on September 17.
The veteran Japanese studio Toei Animation, the Korean studio JM Animation, and the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) co-produced the series with traditional cel animation and computer graphics. It premiered on Korean television in 2007.
Image © KBS/Toei Anim./Dongseo Univ./Iconix/JM Anim.