GDH to Collaborate with Eminence Symphony Orchestra in The Animated Romeo x Juliet

Mar 8th 2007
GDH to Collaborate with Eminence Symphony
Orchestra in the Animated Romeo X Juliet

GONZO's new TV series airing in Japan from April 2007
2007.03.08
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that the soundtrack for Romeo X Juliet, the animated series produced by GDH's main production subsidiary GONZO K.K. (Head Office: Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: Junji Fujita, hereafter GONZO) will be performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra (Founder & Artistic Director: Hiroaki Yura, hereafter Eminence), the celebrated orchestra based in Sydney, Australia.

GONZO's Romeo X Juliet is the first attempt ever to adapt William Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet into an animation. The new series, set against a quasi-medieval background reminiscent of the original play, will revive the classic tale of love, addinginnovative twists to the storyline accompanied by GONZO's incredible visuals and first rate music. Twenty-eight of the 39 tracks provided for the show by renowned composer Hitoshi Sakimoto will be performed by Eminence.

Eminence was established in 2003 in Australia as the first orchestra in the world to specialize in music for video games and animation. It is highly recognized for its performances of scores for animations, films and video games. GDH looks forward to collaborating with Eminence and to bringing together their beautiful music and GONZO's powerful animation capabilities.

The animated series is scheduled for television broadcast from April 2007. Chubu Nippon Broadcasting and SKY Perfect Well Think join GDH in the production of the show.

[ About the TV animation series Romeo X Juliet ]
The story is set in an aero-polis called Neo Verona. Blessed with mysterious powers, the city had prospered under the rule of the Capulet family until 14 years ago when the House of Montague's mutiny overthrew the Capulet government.
Now under the rule of the Montagues, the city suffers from oppression and poverty. The trees have withered and the earth has dried. The water has become stagnant and a dense fog has enveloped the city.
Juliet is the only surviving member of the Capulets. She has vowed to avenge her murdered parents. Romeo is the successor of Montague, the oppressive ruler of Neo Verona who had destroyed Juliet's family 14 years earlier. When the star crossed lovers are drawn together, the fates of the feuding families and the city start to intertwine....


Chubu Nippon Broadcasting: 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4th
Tokyo Broadcasting System: 2:40 a.m. on Friday, April 13th (Starting 2:25 a.m. from following week and on)
SUN TV: 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th
Kyoto Broadcasting System: 1:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20th
(The above dates and times are subject to change.)


Based on story by: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by: FUMITOSHI OIZAKI
Series structure and script: REIKO YOSHIDA
Character design: HIROKI HARADA
Music score: HITOSHI SAKIMOTO
Sound editor: JUNICHI SATO
Animation Production: GONZO
Theme song: "Inori - YOU RAISE ME UP -" performed by LENA PARK (Universal Music)
Production: Chubu Nippon Broadcasting, SKY Perfect Well Think, and GDH

Official website (Japanese): www.romejuli.jp

[ About Eminence Symphony Orchestra ]
The Eminence Symphony Orchestra was established in 2003 by Hiroaki Yura as the first orchestra in the world to specialize in music for video games and animation. Its motto is to "Break down the barriers between the audience and the musicians, and to revive orchestra in today's society; particularly amongst youth," and is known for its active performances not only in Australia but also in Japan and other parts of Asia, Europe, the US, etc. In 2004, it invited composer Nobuo Uematsu to "A Night in Fantasia," Australia's premier orchestral concert of game and animation music held annually in Sydney and Melbourne. The highly successful concert has been recognized as Eminence's most representative concert. Eminence also performs various solo and ensemble concerts every year.

[ About GDH K.K. ]
GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
For additional information, visit www.G.D.H.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp (for GONZO).

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