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New Anime in Japan

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
The December issue of Animage gives some information on a number of TV series, OAV and films that will be premiering in Japan in December and in 2003.

The new Anime are Astro Boy, .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu, Mouse, Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World, Shutsugeki! Machine Robo Rescue, Cho Robotto Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu, Barom One, Stratos Four, Tenshi no Shippo, Piyoko ni omakase pyo! (Di Gi Charat), Submarine 707R, Guardian Hearts, Kiko heidan J-phoneix PF Lips shotai, Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magi Karte, One Piece: Dead End no Bōken and Tottoko Hamutarō: Ham Ham Ham - Jya! Maboroshi no Princess. We've created Encyclopedia entries for most of the titles (the rest should be done by the end of the day) with the information from Animage, but to save you from going through all the encyclopedia entries, here are the details on each:

Astro boy
To air next spring on Fuji TV
Directed by Kazuya Konaka
Script Keiichi Hasegawa and others
Animation Supervisor Keiichirō Mochizuki
Character design Shinji Seya
Mechanical design Shinji Aramaki and Takeshi Takakura
Background art supervisor Hiroshi Katō
Director of photography Hirokata Takahashi
Sound director Masafumi Zanma

.hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu (".hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet")
Begins on January the 8th on TV Tokyo
To Air on Wednesdays at 12:55 p.m.
Directed by Koji Sawai
General director Koichi Mashita
Series plannning Satoru Nishizono
Character designed Yoko Kikuchi
Original character design Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's sketch
Produced by Bee Train

Begins in 2003 on TV Kanagawa
Original manga by Satoru Akahori (story) and Hiroshi Itaba (drawing)
Directed by Yorifusa Yamaguchi
Series planning and script Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Character design Sunji Murata
Produced by Studio DEEN

Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World ("Kino's Journey")
Begins next spring
Original novel by Keiichi Amazawa
Directed by Ryutaro Nakamura
Script Sadayuki Murai
Original character design Benishiro Kurohoshi
Character design Shigeyuki Suga
Produced by A.C.G.T.

Shutsugeki! Machine Robo Rescue ("Go! Machinerobo Rescue")
Plannning Sunrise
Directed by Mamoru Kobe
Series plannning Hideki Sonoda
Character design Hiroshi Takeuchi
Mechanical design Plex

Cho Robotto Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu ("Super Living-Robot Transformer The legend of Micron")
Begins on January the 10th
To air at 6 p.m. on Fridays on TV Tokyo
Directed by Hidehito Ueda
Script Ryo Motohira
Character design Jimajiroh Omote

Barom One
Begins on December the 7th
To air 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays on AT-X
Originak manga Takao Saitō
Directed by Takao Tominaga

Stratos Four
Begins in 2003
Directed by Takeshi Mori
Produced by Studio Fantasia

Tenshi no shippo 2 ("The Angels' Tale")
Begins on March the 6th
To air at 11 p.m. on Thursdays on Kids Station
Original story Juzo Muzuki
Directed by Norio Kashima
Produced by Tokyo Kids


Piyoko ni omakase pyo! ("Piyoko can help you!")
The new series of Di Gi Charat. The first of two volumes will be released next spring
Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai
Original character design Koge Donbo
Character design and animation supervisor Yoshiki Yamakawa

Submarine 707R
The first of two volumes will be released next spring
Based on Satoru Ozawa's Manga
Directed by Shoichi Mashio
Script Kigure Ohno
Character design Minoru Murao and Jun Takagi
Mechanical design Kazuyoshi Miyatake
Produced by Group TAC

Guardian Hearts
The first of three volumes will be released next spring
Based on Sae Amatsu's Manga
Directed by Yasuhiro Kuroda
Script Kanata Tanaka and Takeshi Sakamoto
Character design and animation supervisor Norikatsu Nakano
Produced by VENET

Kiko heidan J-phoneix PF Lips shotai ("Armered Troopers J-Phoneix PF LIPS Team")
Released with a game software
Drected by Shinichiro Kimura

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magical-te Karate
The second volume will be released on Nov the 22nd
Plannning Mugimugi-Dan
Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto
Character design Akio Watanabe
Produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Kyoto Animation


One Piece: Dead End no Bōken ("The Adventures of Dead End")
Released next spring by Toei
90 minutes long

Tottoko Hamutarō: Ham Ham Ham - Jya! Maboroshi no Princess ("A Secret Princess")
Released on Dec the 14th with Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Directed by Osamu Dezaki
Script Michiru Shimada
Website: http://www.hamutaro.com

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