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Fantasy Feline Character Dayan Gets TV Anime Shorts

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series about star of Akiko Ikeda's children's books premieres on April 26

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.

Dark Horse Comics released the first four volumes of Ikeda's stories in The Dayan Collection in 2008.

Ikeda's franchise celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013.

Source: animeanime.jp

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