News Gon Manga to Get Korean TV Animation in Early 2010 (Updated)
posted on 2008-06-13 06:06 EDT
The Korean production company Daewon Media has completed a deal with the Japanese publisher Kodansha to animate Masashi Tanaka's Gon manga for an early 2010 broadcast. The news came during New York's Licensing International Expo on June 11. The original manga's namesake is an orange dinosaur that lives amongst the rest of nature long after the Age of Dinosaurs. Tanaka deliberately created the manga without any dialogue to give the animals' interactions and the lone dinosaur's day-to-day life a sense of realism. Scripts, storyboards, and other pre-production material for the animated Gon are expected to be done by the end of the year.
The manga debuted in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 1991 and was compiled into volumes starting in 1992. Paradox Press originally published the manga in North America, but DC Comics' CMX Manga have since picked up license and is republishing it from the beginning in a format more faithful to the original Japanese version. Sprite Animations Studios, a studio founded by Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within co-director Moto Sakakibara and other former Square USA employees, announced in 2005 that it was working on a computer-graphics film version for a 2007 release, but the project has yet to materialize.
Update: Daewon Media has informed ANN of the company name's proper spelling, despite what was written in the Japanese source.