Gonzo Collaborating with Chinese Firms on 3 Projects
posted on by Egan Loo
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun paper reported on Sunday that the anime studio Gonzo is collaborating with Chinese companies on the joint production of three projects. At least one of the projects will be a film that will open in 2012 or 2013, and it will feature a character that is popular in China. Gonzo's current projects in Japan include Copihan, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam (Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-) and Nyanpire The Animation.
The overall article dealt with various Japanese anime studios' attempts to enter the marketplace in China, all while the Chinese government is developing the country's media industry in animation and other fields. Japan's Toei Animation is jointly producing a new animated film based on its historical comedy anime Ikkyū-san with the Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Media Group (SMG). The Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo is working with the Canadian artist Pat Lee (Transformers, Darkminds) and the Chinese studio Carloon Animation on a full-CG television series called Train Hero.
Another Sunday article in Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the major Japanese advertising firm Asatsu DK (ADK) is entering the Chinese animation industry by partnering with a Chinese government-owned animation company.