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IDA Entertainment, the creative team behind the Cat Shit One video anime, began streaming the first five-minute episode of their Jumbo Monster Gomera project with English, Chinese, and Spanish subtitles on June 20. The story centers on Gomera, a monster who aspires to become fierce like his fellow giant creatures Godzilla and Gamera. Gomera has trouble achieving that goal because of his friendly and nervous nature.
According the program's official website, Gomera's "specialty" is the Gomera Ray, and he shrinks to human size on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In the shorts' story, Gomera travels from Giant Monster Land to train to become a "great mature monster."
Junya Okabe, CEO of IDA Entertainment and the first episode's director and head script writer, said that the 12-episode special effects program is targeted at three- to six-year-old children. He wanted to make a children's program that focuses on a character rather than toy development. IDA posted a teaser trailer to gain publicity and funds for the project in February 2011.
IDA plans to produce figures, toys, and other goods as part of their Heat Japan creative team expansion. The company is already developing a soft Gomera toy and replica costume, which will be available for 1.6 million yen (about US$20,000).
Jumbo Monster Gomera has been featured in issues of Shogakukan's Terebi-kun and CoroCoro Ichiban magazines. Two million DVDs of the first episode will bundle with the magazines within a year.
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