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Inu Neko Hour Anime to Premiere in January

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
2 anime shorts about prefecture dogs, catgirls from heaven to premiere on January 12

The NTV channel has revealed that it will air a new Inu Neko Hour anime starting on January 11 at 27:45 (effectively January 12 at 3:45 a.m.). Inu Neko Hour is made up of two different shows: 47 Todōfuinu R (pictured at top in below image) and Nya-men (pictured at bottom in below image).

The 47 Todōfuinu R anime takes the 47 prefectures of Japan (in Japanese todōfuken), and represents them as dogs (inu). A 47 Todōfuinu flash anime originally aired on TV Aichi in spring 2011, and featured 47 voice actors, who each had their hometown in their respective prefectures. Additionally, each dog had a motif of a specialty of that region.

The new show will star Yui Ogura as Gunma Inu, Asuka Nishi as Hyogo Inu, Azusa Tadokoro as Ibaraki Inu, Yurie Kobori as Fukushima Inu, and Yuko Gibu as Okinawa Inu. Each voice actress is again from the prefecture that she is portraying.

Kazuhiro Nishikawa (A Letter to Momo, Oblivion Island's CGI director) is directing the series at Dandelion Animation Studio (Oblivion Island, Appleseed XIII). Dandelion is handling the character design, Kazuhiro Nishijima (No Music, No Life) is writing the scripts, and Katsutoshi Kitagawa (Chobits, Aria the Animation theme song composer) is handling the music. NiPo is credited as the original creator.

Nya-men will star Chisato Mori as Shōyu (soy sauce), Mayuka Nomura as Shio (salt), Shiho Nakakuma as Tonkotsu, and Rei Matsuzaki as Miso. The story follows the students of the 104th class at the Heaven's First Girls' High School. The students are abruptly sent to earth, and go on a journey of self-discovery as they try to figure out why they were sent to earth and how to get back to heaven.

Hiroyuki Hiwata (HiWaPlus) is directing the anime, and Akira Hamada is handling the scripts. Kawasumi is credited with the original character design, and Katsutoshi Kitagawa is composing the music. HiWaPlus and Bells & Whistles are producing the anime. Nikkatsu is credited as the original creator.

The first episode will air at 3:45 a.m., but subsequent episodes will air on Sundays from 3:00-3:15 a.m.

Source: Animate.tv

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