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Studio Ghibli Unveils Taiko no Tatsujin Anime Short

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Toshio Suzuki produces short for 15th anniversary of rhythm game franchise

Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki unveiled a new 30-second animated short at an event in Tokyo on Thursday. Suzuki and Studio Ghibli produced the short to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko: Drum Master) rhythm game series. Katsuya Kondo (animation director for Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo) organized and animated the short.

The short features Taiko no Tatsujin characters Don-chan and Kacchan, as well as an original mouse character. The short will also be broadcast as a TV ad.

Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the latest game in the franchise, Taiko no Tatsujin V Version, for the PlayStation Vita on July 9.

Studio Ghibli also recently produced a third commercial for the Nisshin Seifun Group, a Japanese food and manufacturing conglomerate.

The Taiko no Tatsujin rhythm game franchise has more than 4,000 arcade machines in operation. Bandai Namco Entertainment has also shipped more than 8 million copies of its various console versions of the game.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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