Dezaki's The Tale of Genji Anime to Debut in January
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The famed anime director Osamu Dezaki (Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!, Lupin III movies) will debut his Genji Monogatari Sen-nen-ki Genji (The Tale of Genji: A Millennium-Old Journal: Genji) television anime version of a classic Japanese novel in January. The project originally began as an anime adaptation of Asakiyumemishi - The Tale of Genji, Waki Yamato's historical shōjo manga retelling of the same novel about a motherless prince and his descendants. However, Dezaki decided that he wanted to bypass the manga version and write and direct a more direct interpretation of the original novel itself. The anime will celebrate the thousand-year anniversary of the original novel, although the exact date of its writing is unknown.
Tomoko Konparu (NANA, Nodame Cantabile) will supervise the scripts, and Jirou Kouno (Hi no Tori, Black Jack The Movie) will provide art direction. Dezaki's longtime collaborator Akio Sugino (Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!) will design the characters and oversee the animation, while Seiji Suzuki (Rose of Versailles, Clannad movie) will direct the music. Dezaki's new anime series will be the latest of many manga and anime adaptations of The Tale of Genji.