News Chiwa Saito, Emiri Katō Star in Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends Anime
posted on 2013-07-31 22:00 EDT
Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends will premiere on Thursday, September 5 as the fifth television anime series based on Bandai's Tamagotchi virtual pets. Rie Kugimiya returns as Mametchi, one of the Tamagotchi creatures who live in Dream Town. In the new series, Chiwa Saito and Emiri Katō play Miraitchi and Kururutchi, twin sisters who dream of becoming designers.
The twins travel from the future back in time to modern-day Dream Town. (Their names are a wordplay on the Japanese words for "future" and "miracle.") To get back to the future, they must collect all eight Dreambakutchi — mysterious Tamagotchi who have escaped throughout the town. Mametchi joins Miraitchi and Kururutchi on their mission to find the Dreambakutchi, but then, an enigmatic Tamagotchi named X-Kamen (X-Mask) appears.
Director Jouji Shimura and head writer Aya Matsui return from the previous two Tamagotchi series at the anime studio OLM.
Bandai launched the Tamagotchi franchise in 1996 and sold about 40 million virtual pets in that first batch. It then revived the brand in 2004 and sold over 38 million more Tamagotchis, 1.72 million of them in the Tamagotchi iD line that launched in 2009.
The first two Tamagotchi television anime series were the 1997-1998 Anime TV de Hakken! Tamagotchi television series and the 2007-2008 Saikō! Tamagotchi television series (which Bandai is still streaming in seven languages on YouTube). There were also the 1997 Tamagotchi Honto no Hanashi theatrical short, the 2007 Eiga de Tōjō! Tamagotchi Doki Doki! Uchū no Maigotchi!? feature film, and the 2008 Eiga! Tamagotchi Uchū Ichi Happy na Monogatari!? feature.
After Bandai revived the franchise in 2004, a new Tamagotchi! television anime premiered in 2009. The current Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream television anime followed in 2012.
Image © Bandai, WiZ/TV Tokyo 2012 Team Tamagotchi TV
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