News Shion, Kitarō, Glass Maiden Pitched for Overseas Rights
posted on 2008-02-08 04:59 EST
Fuji Creative Corporation (FCC), the company responsible for the distribution of programs from its Fuji Television Network parent, went to last week's NATPE 2008 industry conference in the United States to solicit overseas licensees for Shion no Oh and Hakaba Kitarō. It also posted an online English teaser for the upcoming Glass Maiden anime. The Shion no Oh shogi-based mystery series is still airing in Japan after premiering in October. Hakaba Kitarō debuted in January as a more faithful adaptation of the original horror manga that inspired the Gegege no Kitarō anime and live-action film projects. Other projects that FCC is pitching overseas include Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief; Les Misérables; and Mononoke.
Glass Maiden is FCC's English name for Crystal Blaze, a "hard-boiled buddy" story that just had its Spring debut officially announced. Studio Fantasia (Agent Aika, Stratos4, Najica Blitz Tactics) will animate the 12-episode television series with three veterans of the SaiKano anime: director Mitsuko Kase, series supervisor Masashi Tsukino, and character designer Hisashi Kagawa. Word of this project first leaked in a December blog entry of one of its staffers.