Crowdsourced Jigoku Youchien Project Gets Net Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
Kadokawa Group Holdings announced on Thursday that Jigoku Youchien (Hell Kindergarten), the winner of its 10 Chara Grand Prix competition and user-participation project, will be adapted into a net series of Flash anime shorts. The story centers around a school for mischievous demon toddlers. The project will also get four different manga series from three Kadokawa Group publications and one online service, as well as a monthly Niconico Live program.
The Kadokawa Group publishers Kadokawa Shoten, ASCII Media Works, Enterbrain, and Fujimi Shobo ran the 10 Chara Grand Prix contest from August 2011 to March 2012. They accepted competing suggestions and concept drawings via Niconio and Twitter, and then developed the characters with the input and contributions of followers.
The resulting characters are getting animated with the following cast:
- Yūki Ono as Kiichi-kun
- Kana Asumi as Sakyuba-chan (Succubu-chan)
- Rumi Ookubo as Yuki-chan
- Mariko Honda as Rivaia-chan (Levia-chan)
- Saeko Zōgō as Kerubero-kun (Kerbero-kun)
- Haruka Ishida (AKB48) as Sakura-chan
- Shinichiro Inoue (KDS53/Kadokawa Shoten head) as Narrator
Kasugasoft is animating the project with art by TNSK. "Sakyuba-chan to Sakebu Jigoku-tai" — the group composed of Asumi, Ono, Honda, and Zogo — is performing the theme song.
The 12 one-minute anime shorts will premiere on January 8 and run every Tuesday. Four monthly manga series will also launch, each with a different character as the main lead:
Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace
Starts December 26
ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh
Enterbrain's Famitsu Comic Clear site
Starts December 28
Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Age
Starts January 9
The Niconico live program will premiere on December 18 and run on the third Tuesday of every month. The first guests will include Daisuke Tsuda, Ono, and Ishida.