News Higepiyo Anime Inspires Manga in Ribon Mag
posted on 2009-04-11 07:42 EDT
The May issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine announced last week that the Higepiyo comedy television anime series has inspired a manga spinoff that will launch in the June issue on May 1. The Higepiyo anime itself is inspired by Risa Itou's earlier four-panel gag manga in Shueisha's Chorus magazine. Before Higepiyo, Itou created the more risque Oruchuban Ebichu comedy manga and anime.
The story of Higepiyo (literally "Mustache-Peep") revolves around Hiyoko, a "surreal" bird that happens to have a mustache. Hiyoko can talk with "Piroshi" — Hiroshi, the human boy who bought her at a night fair — and the two are tight friends. In fact, Hiyoko teaches Hiroshi how to win brawls in elementary school, and she sometimes fights a bullying girl on Hiroshi's behalf. (Hiyoko is actually an experimental test subject that escaped from a laboratory.)
The anime premiered in Japan on April 3 with direction by Atsushi Takeyama (episode director on Jyu Oh Sei, Honey and Clover II) and scripts by Natsuko Takahashi (Ōoku: The Inner Chamber film, Antique Bakery)
Image © Risa Itou/Shueisha, Higepiyo Production Committee
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