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Naoki Konno's Double Hard Battle Manga Gets CG-Animated Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Norifusa Mita's Kurokan manga also gets CG-animated series on TomoToon in July

The TomoToon service is producing a CG-animated adaptation of Naoki Konno's Double Hard battle manga. Tomotoon is currently streaming a trailer and the first episode in the series for free. The series takes the original manga and creates the CG animation panel by panel with movement, voice acting, music, and sound.

The show's main cast is as follows:

Yuuki Tai as Daiki Hayami
Satoshi Tsuruoka as Jin Takayama
Kaoru Sakura as Mai Sugiura

Other cast members include Yūichi Furukawa, Hiromu Kondou, Tokuya Nakamura, Mayumi Kurokawa, Miwa Kohinata, Yūki Ishikari, Ichitarō Ai, Hiromichi Tezuka, and Hideka Suzuki. Ken Tsumura is serving as senior producer, Ouji Hiroi is serving as executive producer, and Shinobu Ishii and Masaki Kobayashi are producing at TomoToon. The TomoStore website is currently streaming the first four "acts" of the series for 105 yen (US$1.06) each or 315 yen (US$3.17) for all four acts. Each act is between 9-16 minutes long.

The original manga centers on Daiki Hayami, a knuckle fighter who has just returned to Japan to attend high school there after living in Los Angeles. Daiki, who has a strong sense of justice, teams up with his longtime friend Jin, who is a professional fighter, and the two together battle delinquents, biker gangs, and other criminals.

The 30-volume manga originally ran in Shueisha's now-defunct Monthly Shonen Jump magazine from 1993-2003.

Next Media Animation Ltd., which produces the TomoToon shorts, will be producing a CG-animated adaptation of Norifusa Mita's (Dragon Zakura) Kurokan manga in July.

Next Media Animation is also creating an original "TomoAnime" series that Sakura Wars creator Ouji Hiroi is producing. Kousuke Fujishima (Sakura Wars, various Tales of games) and Yoshiteru Tsujino (Tengai Makyō: Ziria Oboro-hen) are creating the character designs.

TomoToon previously produced a 20-minute animation of the "Yahabee" one-shot manga by Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei last year.

Source: Comic Natalie

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