Wonder Momo Anime's 1st Subtitled Trailer Posted

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Free web series based on 1987 arcade game premieres on Crunchyroll next month

Namco Bandai Games' ShiftyLook began streaming the first full English-subtitled trailer on Thursday for the Wonder Momo web anime series.

Namco Bandai Games' 1987 beat 'em up arcade game Wonder Momo is inspiring this free series of five five-minute shorts. Namco Bandai Games describes the story as follows:

One day, a group of aliens planing to take over the Earth invade Tokyo. Momoko, who aspires to be an idol, gets involved in the fight in an unexpected form. Warudemon, king of the alien empire, uses various tactics to hunt down Momoko and the people around her. Momoko has decided to stand up to the Warudemon plain and simple.

Yutaka Kagawa (Hajime Ningen Gon, Jagainu-kun, Nightwalker, Rainbow Samurai, Shin Mashin Eiyūden Wataru: Mashinzan-hen) is directing the anime at Graphinica (Hellsing Ultimate, Rakuen Tsuihō -Expelled From Paradise-) with character designer/chief animation director Yuichi Yoshida and scriptwriter/lyricist Ayumi Inabe. Shigetaka Kurita is serving as general manager with producer Robert Pereyda (ShiftyLook) of the new projects.

Relative newcomers Yuka Fujiwara and Misaki Komatsu are not only starring as Momoko Kanda (Wonder Momo) and Akiho (Amazona), respectively, but also performing four of the anime and game's five songs as the duo "Fujikomatune."

The cast also includes:

  • Halko Momoi as Original Wonder Momo
  • Atsushi Tamaru as Natsuhiko
  • Atsushi Imaruoka as Glooder
  • Rob Pereyda as Glieger
  • Anju Inami as Yumi

Alex Culang (Buttersafe, Katamari) is scoring the soundtrack. Overseas artists are also producing the songs — English rock band Area 11 on the anime theme song "Wonder Wars," Los Angeles-based game composer Tommy Pedrini on "Picogram," American electronic musician/DJ Dectronic and producer Anthony Seeha on "ticktack365," and American chiptune musician Patrick Trinh (Space Town Savior) on "Iroha." Inami is performing the fifth theme song "Colors" with Pedrini.

The anime will begin streaming every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Niconico in February in Japan, and Crunchyroll will be streaming the anime with subtitles every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in North America.

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