Fantasy Feline Character Dayan Gets TV Anime Shorts
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Dayan, the feline character in Akiko Ikeda's fantasy story world and the mascot of her Watchifield studio and leather goods company, is inspiring a series of television anime shorts. The Neko no Dayan anime will begin running within the Music Launcher program on the Tokyo MX TV station on April 26.
Sumi Shimamoto (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro's Clarisse, Nausicaä's titular character) will play Dayan in the series.
In Japan, Ikeda's fictional world of Wachifield has inspired more than 30 picture books and novels, an illustration collection, a drama CD, museums, stores, and a theme park. Dayan is the central character in Ikeda's stories, and he is a whimsical, selfish, but good-natured and kind cat whose curiosity often leads him on fantastical journeys.
Ikeda's franchise celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.