News Bikkuri-Man Anime Returns in Free Online Series
posted on 2008-08-11 11:02 EDT by Egan Loo
The food brand Lotte, Dai Nippon Printing, and the animation studio Fanworks are producing Bikkuri-Man Kids: Theme Fighter Nyander, a new animated incarnation of the mascots from Lotte's Bikkuri-Man Choco chocolate wafers. Google's YouTube video-sharing service and the Japanese livedoor website will stagger the online release of the three new animated shorts between now and October. The first episode, "Usa-Boxer," has been streaming online since Friday. Chōta Akatsuki and Taiki Mino produced the Flash animation.
Lotte began making the original Bikkuri-Man Choco sweets with stickers in 1977. The new Bikkuri-Man Kids Choco version will begin shipping in Japan on September 9 with 33 different, randomly inserted stickers for about 84 yen. Unlike the original Bikkuri-Man Choco mascots who were human fantasy adventurers, the Bikkuri-Man Kids Choco mascots are dueling animals. The first Bikkuri-Man television anime series ran from 1987 to 1989, and there have been two movies and four television sequels since.
Source: BB Watch
Image © 2008 Lotte/Dai Nippon Printing/Fanworks
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