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Fukushima Gainax Makes Flying Babies Anime Project About Hula Girls

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Haruka Yoshimura, Rikako Yamaguchi voice roles in project

Anime studio Fukushima Gainax announced at a "Magical Hawaiians" event in Iwaki in Fukushima prefecture on Saturday that it is producing an anime project titled Flying Babies that will center on "Hula Girls." (In Japanese, the characters for "hula" in the phonetic katakana alphabet and the first two katakana characters used in the word "flying" are the same). Fukushima Gainax president Yoshinori Asao announced the project, and also revealed character designs.

The anime will center on a group of young girls and their struggle as they aim to become Hula Girls. Voice actresses Haruka Yoshimura (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls) and Rikako Yamaguchi (Bakuon!!'s Hijiri Minowa) will voice roles in the anime.

Fukushima Gainax held the announcement event at Spa Resort Hawaiians, the same resort that inspired the 2006 Japanese film Hula Girls. Asao said that he hopes to revitalize Iwaki and its surrounding areas with the anime, and aims to finish the project by next year's "Magical Fukushima" event. This year's event is being held from November 3-6.

Gainax opened the new studio in Fukushima last year. The new studio and museum makes use of a closed junior high school building.

Image via Fukushima Minpo

Source: Fukushima Minpo via Nijipoi

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