Otomo's Hipira Vampire Anime Made into 3D TV Footage
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website of the Hipira-kun (Hipira: The Little Vampire) vampire anime series has announced that the Bandai Namco Group will showcase stereoscopic 3D footage of the anime at the Tokyo Anime Fair from March 25 to March 28.
The Sunrise Ogikubo anime studio had adapted Katsuhiro Ōtomo and Shinji Kimura's Hipira-kun picture book as a children's television anime series last December, but it was shown with traditional 2D television technology. The computer-animated 3D footage will be screened at this month's event using Panasonic's new 3D Viera television and 3D-compatible DIGA Blu-ray Disc player.
The story of the picture book and anime follows a young vampire boy named Hipira who lives in Salta, an eternally dark city of vampires. He goes on a series of adventures with the rest of the town's residents.
Before Hipira-kun, Otomo created Akira, Steamboy, and Memories, and he directed or co-directed the anime for all of these. Kimura directed Deathtic 4 and drew backgrounds for the Angel's Egg, Akira, and Steamboy anime before illustrating the original Hipira-kun book and directing its anime version. Dark Horse Comics published the picture book in North America in 2005.
Image © Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Mushroom, Shinji Kimura/Hipira-kun Production Committee