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Anime Sols Launches Crowdfund Streams for Dororo Set 2, Belfy and Lillabit

posted on by Rachel Mahoney
Site funding second half of 1969 black-and-white TV series

Anime Sols announced on its official Twitter account that it launched two new crowdfunding campaigns to stream the second part of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and Tatsunoko Production's Belfy and Lillabit (The Littl' Bits) anime series on Monday.

Both campaigns have a funding goal of US$2,700, and Anime Sols will stream the episodes to registered members once the goals are reached.

Dororo is a 26-episode black-and-white anime series produced in 1969. Anime Sols funded the first 13 episodes on October 2, after launching the campaign in July. Tezuka Productions describes the story:

The setting is the middle of the Muromachi Period, during the 1470s after the Wars of Onin and Bunmei. The story begins in the Noto Peninsula of the Hokuriku District. The main character (Hyakkimaru), who lacks as much as 48 body parts, obtains a fake body and eliminates 48 monsters that were made from his body to retrieve his missing body parts.

The story is based on Tezuka's original 1967 Dororo manga series. Vertical released the manga in a collected volume in 2012. A live-action film adaptation starring Kou Shibasaki and Satoshi Tsumabuki premiered in Japan in 2007.

Belfy and Lillabit is a 26-episode anime produced in 1980. Anime Sols' crowdfunding campaign will fund the first 13 episodes. Tatsunoko Production describes the story:

An imaginary Lilliputian society hidden in the deep forest is depicted in this new series. Belfy is a witty, rompish girl who lost her parents in her infancy and lives with her uncle, who is the only doctor in the woods. Though he is an openhearted and generous man, his habit of drunkenness often bothers Belfy, who does not mince her words in trying to keep him on the right track. Meanwhile Belfy gets on well with Lillibit, a lively boy with a strong streak of curiosity. The two friends have heart-warming adventures as they associate with animals and other aspects of nature around their forest homeland. The tales of this tiny community also develop numerous aspects of human relations in a wholesome manner.

The Saban-produced English version was broadcast in North America as The Lil'bits on Nick Jr. in the early '90s.

Anime Sols announced in July that it would launch six other anime crowdfunding campaigns besides Belfy and Lillabit: Goku's Grand Adventure (Goku no Daibōken), Space Ace, Time Bokan, The Warrior, Gordian (Toshi Gordian), Temple the Balloonist, The Amazing Three, and Kerokko Demetan. However, Anime Sol's current campaigns have not exceeded 12 percent of funding progress thus far.

Thanks to F-Man for the news tip.

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