Hudson, Fanworks Launch Decodeco Town with Web Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
The software company Hudson Soft (Bomberman, Bonk, Master of Epic: The Animation Age) and the animation and character design studio Fanworks (Hanoka) launched their Decodeco Town project with web-based anime and manga on December 25. The project centers on mysterious creatures that live on the wondrous island of Decoryō as well as in Decodeco Town. Jinco, the creator of Ciao magazine's Fukou Mori manga and the character designer for Bandai's relaunch of its Tamagotchi virtual pets, designed the characters in Decodeco Town. The two companies are mainly targeting female viewers in their 20s and 30s.
The website links to the first Yumeryoshka short, "Yume Miru Otome-hen" ("The Chapter of the Dreaming Maiden"), which is actually being hosted on YouTube's Net Anime Channel. The anime is inspired by the matryoshka or Babushka nested dolls from Russia. The related manga is available for free on the MiChao! website. There is also a blog, ringtones for Japanese mobile phones, and eventually mini-games.
Image © Hudson Soft/© Jinco