Sgt. Frog Gets New TV Flash Anime By Sunrise
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The official website for Mine Yoshizaki's Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsō) manga announced on Monday that a new anime adaptation has been green-lit. The anime, which will be a flash anime airing on television, will have a new title of Keroro instead of Keroro Gunsō. The announcement is being made on December 9, which is also Keroro's fictional birthday.
Haruki Kasugamori (DD Hokuto no Ken original concept, Ketsu-Inu director) will be directing the anime at animation studio Sunrise. Animation studio Gathering (Donyatsu, PUCHIM@S) will be providing assistance with the animation.
The original cast will be returning for the new anime:
- Kumiko Watanabe as Sgt. Keroro
- Houko Kuwashima as Fuyuki Hinata
- Chiwa Saito as Natsumi Hinata
- Etsuko Kozakura as Private Second Class Tamama
- Jouji Nakata as Corporal Giroro
- Takehito Koyasu as Sergeant Major Kululu
- Takeshi Kusao as Lance Corporal Dororo
The anime will premiere on the Animax television channel in Japan in spring 2014.
Funimation has licensed the first three seasons of Sgt. Frog and released them on DVD in North America, after ADV Films had licensed but not released the anime. The original Sgt. Frog anime with fifteen-minute episodes ran for seven years, from 2004 to 2011 on TV Tokyo, and it spawned five feature films. American manga publisher Tokyopop released twenty volumes of the original manga in North America before shutting its doors in 2011.