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Speed Racer's Sasagawa, Gundam's Okawara Make Devander Video Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Ippatsu Hyaku-Chū! Devander gag mecha anime marks Tatsunoko's 50th anniversary

Anime studio Tatsunoko Production confirmed on Wednesday that it is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the original video anime Ippatsu Hyaku-Chū! Devander. Prolific director Hiroshi Sasagawa (Yatterman, Time Bokan, Speed Racer, Gatchaman II) is collaborating with mechanical designer Kunio Okawara (Gundam, Votoms, Brave franchise) on this "gag mecha battle" anime. Futago Kamikita and Junki Takegami of the new Yatterman anime are designing the characters and writing the script, respectively.

The story revolves around a spirited, carefree boy named Kazuma Harukaze, who lives with his little sister Sakura and his horse Lovely on a farm within sight of Mt. Fuji. One day, a "meteor" lands nearby, and it turns out to be Hinkeeru — a messenger from Muzanda who has come to warn Earth of a grave danger — and a robot horse named Robony.

The 30-minute anime will be released in a set with a mook (magazine-style book) on October 19, the same day that Tatsunoko was founded 50 years earlier. A promotional video will play at Tatsunoko's booth at this week's Tokyo International Anime Fair.

Image © Tatsunoko Production, Devander Production Committee 2012

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