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Surreal Post-Apocalyptic Animal Anime Donyatsu's 5th Short Streamed

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Fire Emblem/No More Heroes' Kozaki makes voice cameo in his story of 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 fifth anime short on Thursday.

Croquen (a croquette/dog mix voiced by Takashi Matsuyama) challenges the donut/cat hybrid Donyatsu (Yukari Tamura) and Menchiwawa (Kozaki himself in a cameo) to a game of Concentration (where each player has to name something in a certain category). Croquen adds that whoever loses is subject to the punishment game. The first topic of the game is fish. Croquen says mackerel, Donyatsu says tuna, but Menchiwawa says the name of a fish too soft to hear, making Croquen lose. They play one more game, this time naming flowers. Croquen says cherry blossom, Donyatsu says sunflower, and Menchiwawa says bean sprouts too softly for anyone to hear. Losing again, Croquen says he never wants to come after Menchiwawa again in this game. Menchiwawa says, "Bro. A loss is a loss."

Other cast members include Keiji Fujiwara as feline/bagel Begaru, Saori Hayashi as bear/macaron Kumacaron, Hikari Shiina as a cat/roll cake hybrid named "Rōnya" and Junji Majima as a cougar/Baumkuchen mix named "Baumcougar."

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 (PUCHIM@S, Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!) and the studio Gathering (PUCHIM@S, 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 best known outside Japan for his game design work on the Fire Emblem Awakening, No More Heroes, Osu! Tatakae! Oendan, and most recently, Short Peace's Tsukigime Ranko no Ichiban Nagai Hi (Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day) with Katsuhiro Ōtomo and Gōichi Suda or "Suda 51." He also created designs for the Speed Grapher anime, which led to his role as character designer for Sunrise's Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto television anime series. 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.

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