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Anime Sols Launches Streaming Campaigns for Dororo, Gordian

posted on 2014-07-22 15:30 EDT
Each campaign set at US$2,700

Anime Sols launched crowdfunding campaigns to stream Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and Tatsunoko Production's Gordian, The Warrior (Toshi Gordian) robot anime on Sunday. The first 13-episodes each have a goal of US$2,700 each and both series have the first three episodes currently streaming on the website.

Dororo is a 26-episode black-and-white anime series produced in 1969. Tezuka Productions describes the story:

The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character (Hyakkimaru), who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts.

The story is based on Tezuka's original 1967 Dororo manga series. Vertical released the manga in a collected volume in 2012. A live-action film adaptation starring Kou Shibasaki and Satoshi Tsumabuki premiered in Japan in 2007.

Shigeru Yanagawa (Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Ranma ½, Sailor Moon scripts) directed the 75-episode Toshi Gordian sci-fi series in Japan in 1979. The story follows orphan Daigo Otaki on an Earth devoid of water. Daigo, with his robot panther companion, join the defense force of Victor City where a giant robot, Gordian, fights off the city's invaders.

The site is also accepting pledges for the first The File of Young Kindaichi Returns DVD set containing episodes 1-14. That campaign's goal is set at US$26,000.

Anime Sols co-founder Sam Pinansky announced on ANNCast that the service will stream Osamu Tezuka's Wonder Three anime series, as well. Pinansky did not say when the series will launch on the website.

Update: Crowdfunding for Dororo and Gordian, The Warrior is for streaming only. Thanks, Daniel Zelter.


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