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Skip Beat Anime to Run Simultaneously in Japan, Taiwan

posted on by Egan Loo
Taiwan gets shōjo anime on pay-per-view TV as it airs in Japan in October

The anime adaptation of Yoshiki Nakamura's Skip Beat! shōjo manga has been licensed by Top-Insight International Co., Ltd. to run on Taiwanese television simultaneously or nearly simultaneously with the Japanese broadcast in October. In Taiwan, the series will run on Chunghwa Telecom's Multimedia on Demand (MOD) pay-per-view television service. The arrangement was revealed at the 9th Comic Exhibition, which is running from August 13 to August 18 at the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.

Director Kiyoko Sayama (Angel Sanctuary, Prétear, Princess Tutu, Vampire Knight) is working with the studio Hal Film Maker (Angel Sanctuary, Prétear, Princess Tutu) on this project. The story centers on a teenager named Kyōko who followed her childhood friend Shō to Tokyo as he pursues his show business dreams. Despite playing housekeeper for Shō, Kyōko overhears Shō dismissing her as a boring nobody. Furious, Kyōko vows to also become a singer and defeat Shō.

Gonzo has been streaming three anime titles on the YouTube, Crunchyoll, and BOST websites on the same day as their Japanese broadcast. Still other anime such as Afro Samurai ran on overseas television before their Japanese broadcasts, since they were primarily intended for the foreign markets. However, Skip Beat! will be the first anime in recent memory to run on television nearly simultaneously in both Japan and another country.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip and the photograph.

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