UK's Bootleg Novel Animated for Mobile Phones in Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
The previously announced animated version of Alex Shearer's Bootleg novel will debut on Japanese mobile phones early this coming summer. The satirical novel recounts the misadventures of two English boys who run a bootleg chocolate factory after their country bans chocolate. Appropriately enough, the latest anime update was announced on Valentine's Day. (Thanks to a modern Japanese custom, females give their male acquaintances chocolates on February 14.)
The original novel was released in Japan under the name Chocolate Underground, and artist Aiji Yamakawa already started a manga version (pictured at upper right) in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret shōjo magazine last month. Besides releasing the anime on mobile phones, the producers plan to release it onto personal computers through broadband distribution.
Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE The Movie: Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom) and Trance Arts (The Prince of Tennis) will collaborate on the anime's production, and Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War) will direct. Takayuki Goto (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Please Save My Earth) will adapt Yamakawa's manga character designs for animation and supervise the production. A new SME Records artist named Kana Nishino will release the anime's opening theme, "I," on February 20.
© 2008 Alex Shearer/Chocolate Underground Production Committee