News Geass' Taniguchi, FF Games' Amano on New Jungle Emperor
posted on 2009-01-27 11:11 EST by Egan Loo
A news page on Fuji TV network's website has revealed that director Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, Planetes, S-CRY-ed) and character designer Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy games, Vampire Hunter D, Angel's Egg) are both working on the recently announced Jungle Emperor (Kimba the White Lion) television anime special. Minoru Nishida, the art director of the Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren anime sequence, Hi no Tori, and Thundercats, is also attached to the project. The summer project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fuji TV network and the 80th anniversary of the birth of Jungle Emperor's creator, Osamu Tezuka.
The new project will be the first Jungle Emperor story set in the 21st century, although it will still deal with familiar Tezuka themes such as family, friendship, and environmental issues. In this future story, mankind is plagued with the environmental destruction it did little to prevent. The United Nations entrusts a company called Eternal Earth to create "Neo Jungle," an artificial environment for the wildlife that faces extinction. Within this thriving miniature ecosystem, a young white lion named Leo is born. While the cub lacks bravery at first, he vows to "become the jungle emperor like my father someday!" One day, Leo encounters Ken'ichi, the son of the head of Eternal Earth.