New Tama and Friends Short Anime Announced

posted on 2016-02-02 16:20 EST
Last Tama and Friends anime aired in 2006

Sony Creative Products (Sanchome no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka?) announced on Tuesday that it will debut a new Tama and Friends short anime. The anime is part of a larger franchise revival for the 35th anniversary in 2018. The episodes will be one to two minutes in length.

The anime will be produced at Kachidoki Studio in collaboration with Sony Creative Products. The story will be new but will keep the previous anime's heart-warming world view.

The Tama and Friends characters were created by Sony Creative Products in 1983. The anime franchise began with an original video anime series in 1989, followed by the Sanchome no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka? television anime in 1994 and the anime film San-chōme no Tama: Onegai! Momo-chan o Sagashite!! in 1993. A spinoff television anime, Tama & Friends Sagase! Mahō no Punipuni Stone, aired in 2006. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the original television anime in 2001 and aired an English-dubbed version in North America.

In 2013, in commemoration of the franchise's 30th anniversary Sony Creative Products released several forms of media, including a novel, a real experience game, a picture book reissue, and stage play adaptation. Last summer, NicoNico began streaming the original series, and it has since gained 1.3 million views.

Source: Anime! Anime!

Update: The anime is not itself slated for 2018, but is launching in anticipation of the franchise's 35th anniversary in 2018.

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