Surreal Post-Apocalyptic Animal Anime Donyatsu's 2nd Short Streamed

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Fire Emblem/No More Heroes' Kozaki depicts pet/snack hybrids in Tokyo wasteland

The official YouTube channel for Donyatsu, the anime adaptation of Yuusuke Kozaki's surreal manga about animal/snack hybrids in a post-apocalyptic world, began streaming the second anime short on Wednesday. In the short, feline/donut Donyatsu (Yukari Tamura) and feline/bagel Begaru (Keiji Fujiwara) are playing on their computers when cat/roll cake Rōnya (Hikari Shiina) comes to tell them they promised to go shopping with her. Fed up when the boys ignore her, Rōnya finds a creative way to get them to come along.

Other cast members include Junji Majima as "Baumcougar," a cougar/Baumkuchen mix and Saori Hayashi as "Kumacaron," a bear/macaron hybrid.

The anime shorts, each roughly two minutes long, began running before feature films in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in the T-Joy chain on June 1. A new short will debut every month from director Mankyū ([email protected], Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!) and the studio Gathering ([email protected], Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Inumarudashi—).

Kozaki launched the manga in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine in December 2011, and Square Enix published the second compiled book volume this past March.

Kozaki is arguable best known outside Japan for his design work in the Fire Emblem Awakening, No More Heroes, and Osu! Tatakae! Oendan games. He also created designs for the Speed Grapher anime, which led to his role as character designer for Sunrise's Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto. He designed the virtual idol duo Meaw for the Starchild Records label. Kozaki published his first major manga series Kyoko Karasuma - Detective of the Asakusa Police Department in 2002 in the magazine Mystery B-Street. He will appear as a guest at the "Japan Expo, 1st Impact" convention in California in August.

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