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Electronics maker Acer Japan began streaming the second "~Satsuki no Fushigi na Chōsen~" (~Satsuki's Strange Challenge~) short animated by anime studio Production I.G (Blood-C, Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne) on Friday. The short continues the life story of aspiring Olympian Satsuki Itō, a boxer who won her first championship one year after trying boxing for the first time in high school.
The "Surprise 4 U." videos celebrate female Japanese athletes heading to the London Olympics this summer. They focus on Acer Japan's catchphrase "Surprise Yourself." In particular, the shorts highlight five members of the so-called "Sunrise Japan" group of prominent female athletes: Shizuyo Yamasaki (boxer/comedian), Kyōko Hamaguchi (wrestler), Itō (boxer), Satako Urata (beach volleyball player), and Takemi Nishibori (beach volleyball player). Jun'ichi Fujisaku is directing the shorts produced by Mizuho Nishikubo . Yoshihiro Ike is composing the music, while Ryō Hirata is designing the characters.
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