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Domo Marks 15th Anniversary With Japanese/American TV Special

posted on by Egan Loo
NHK's mascot goes to Hollywood in special by Wonder Pets' Josh Selig & Little Airplane

Domo (Domo-kun), the mascot of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, is celebrating his 15th anniversary with Domo Hollywood e Iku! (Domo Goes to Hollywood!), a television special which will premiere on March 28. Josh Selig (Wonder Pets, Go, Baby!, Oobi!, 3rd & Bird) wrote and directed the Japanese/American project at his Little Airplane Productions studio, which has won 10 Emmy Awards.

NHK describes the story: One day, Domo gets an unexpected call on his mobile phone! "We want you to do a concert in Hollywood. Please come over now!" His chest swelling with anticipation, Domo heads to the airport with his guitar in one hand, Mr. Usaji (Usajii), and Tashanna (Taa-chan). However, he is told that "you cannot carry your guitar aboard the airplane." Unwilling to let go of his precious guitar, Domo is left behind as the plane takes off with Mr. Usaji and Tashanna. Domo is left all alone. But, he spots some skateboarders on TV and has a sudden inspiration to skateboard to Hollywood. Domo's great adventure on his way to Hollywood is about to begin.

Akiba Souken website posted more images from the special. The special, which has the English title Domo Rock, will run on the BS Premium channel on March 28 at 11:15 to 11:40 p.m.

Tsuneo Goda and his dwarf inc. studio debuted Domo on December 22, 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of NHK's BS (Broadcast Satellite) system. The character would spawn an unending string of stop-motion animated shorts. New stop-motion Domo shorts were created for the Target chain of department stores in the United States in 2008, and more shorts were created for the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores in 2009. Tokyopop published an English-language, full-color graphic novel that same year.

Goda received an Inkpot Award in 2011 at Comic-Con International, where he was a guest of Dark Horse Comics.

Source: Akiba Souken

Images © NHK-TYO © NHK, NEP & BTE

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