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Surreal Post-Apocalyptic Animal Anime Donyatsu's Final Short Streamed

posted on 2014-06-04 11:00 EDT
Donyatsu, Begal, Kumacaron are forced to play heroes rescuing dress-up princess Ronya

The official YouTube channel for Donyatsu, the anime adaptation of Yuusuke Kozaki's surreal manga about animal/snack hybrids in a post-apocalyptic world, began streaming the twelfth and final short on Thursday.

In the video, Ronya is playing a princess wishing to be rescued by a prince. However, Doni>yatsu (Yukari Tamura), Begal (Keiji Fujiwara), and Kumacaron (Saori Hayashi) have no interest, and are more fixated on a book. When Ronya asks why the boys are ignoring such a cute girl asking for help, Begal explains that they are studying to learn some new moves, and Donyi>atsu apologizes. However, Ronya demands attetntion, and the boys immediately comply to their new "queen."

Begal's hero character introduces himself, saying, "My outside is crunchy on your teeth, but my inside is nice and chewy. Bega-J!" Kumacaron introduces himself as "a sweet temptation born in France... The hero, Kumacaron." Finally, Donyatu enters, saying, "The chocolate on my tail is just a bit sweet. I'm Donyatsu, the white steed knight!" Although Donyatsu tries to rescue her, she runs from the transformed feline.

The anime shorts, each roughly two minutes long, began running before feature films in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in the T-Joy chain last June. A new short debuted every month from director Mankyū (PUCHIM@S, Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!) and the studio Gathering (PUCHIM@S, Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Inumarudashi—). A DVD set containing all twelve episodes was released in Japan last year.

Kozaki launched the manga in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine in December 2011, and Square Enix published the fourth compiled book volume on May 24.

Kozaki is arguable best known outside Japan for his design work in the Fire Emblem Awakening, No More Heroes, and Osu! Tatakae! Oendan games. He also created designs for the Speed Grapher anime, which led to his role as character designer for Sunrise's Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto. He designed the virtual idol duo Meaw for the Starchild Records label.

Kozaki published his first major manga series Kyoko Karasuma - Detective of the Asakusa Police Department in 2002 in the magazine Mystery B-Street. GungHo Online Entertainment announced in September that Kozaki is illustrating the PlayStation 4 game Lily Bergamo by Grasshopper Manufacturer's Goichi "Suda51" Suda (Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer is Dead).


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