Kindaichi Case Files Manga Gets Flash Anime by Frogman
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FROGMAN, the animator behind Eagle Talon and other Flash anime titles, has launched the Channel 5.5 project to adapt famous manga into anime on Tuesday. The first effort in the project is Yōzaburō Kanari and Fumiya Sato's detective story Kindaichi Case Files (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo), and a prologue and first episode is already streaming:
The project will add new parody anime videos of famous manga on an irregular schedule. The story premise behind the project is a fictional television station that people can only catch if they press the "5" and "6" buttons on their remotes simultaneously. The staff is planning 20 anime videos of various works, and the future titles will be announced later.
FROGMAN is not only animating the Kindaichi Case Files Flash anime himself, but he also voices the young title detective Kindaichi. Actress Rina Aizawa plays Kindaichi's childhood friend Miyuki, and the cast also features Yū Kobayashi.
FROGMAN is the "director/writer/character designer/sound Recording Engineer/Flash animator/editor/voice actor" of the Eagle Talon web series. The production company DLE Inc. and FROGMAN launched the first Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume (Secret Society Eagle Talon) television series in 2006, and the series spawned five films, an original video anime, and more television anime series. The sixth move, Taka no Tsume 7 Joō Heika Joboob, is slated for April 4. He already worked on Flash-animated projects for manga such as Thermae Romae, Shima Kōsaku and Lupin III.
The Kindaichi Case Files manga already inspired a television anime series and several film and video spinoffs. It also inspired several live-action adaptations, including this month's special set in Malaysia with Ryōsuke Yamada of the boy band Hey! Say! JUMP. Tokyopop published part of the manga in North America.
Image © Seimaru Amagi, Yōzaburō Kanari, Fumiya Sato/Kodansha