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Kaleido Star Creator Sato's Wish Angel Project Put on Hold

posted on 2012-08-22 00:00 EDT
Aria/Tamayura helmer Junichi Sato creates story of cheerleader who can fulfill dreams

The production company Encourage Films announced on August 12 that Wish Angel ~Tsubasa wa Chiisai Keredo~ (Wish Angel: My Wings Are Small But…), its collaborative project with director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star, Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Aria, Umi Monogatari, Tamayura), has been put on hold for now. The company confirmed the news in an August 15 blog entry and later on the project's official website.

Producer and Encourage Films founder Touyou Ikeda explained on the project's website that there are one or more other projects simultaneously in the works, and they currently have priority over Wish Angel.

The project's story centers around a 15-year-old girl named Tsubasa Amanozuka — who happens to be a "Wish Angel" with the power to fulfill the dreams of people who do their best. To lift up the dreams of many people, she joins a "legendary" high school cheerleading squad. However, the cheerleading squad only has three members this year, and it is on the verge of being disbanded.

The project would have reunited Sato with four other Kaleido Star creators: Ikeda, story creator Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman., K-ON!, Sugar Sugar Rune), character designer Hajime Watanabe (Akazukin Cha Cha, Kodocha, School Rumble), and visual designer Fumitoshi Oizaki (Sgt. Frog, Welcome to the NHK). The latter three have all since worked on Sato's Tamayura anime.

Encourage Films announced Wish Angel in 2010, but even then, Ikeda said, "It would be really nice to say that this will be animated, but nothing's been decided (laughs)."

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © Junichi Sato/Encourage Films


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