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Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App Lists More New Titles

posted on by Karen Ressler
Lists Miss Black General, Kodoku no Gourmet, Kuruneko, more

The official website for Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) smartphone app is listing eight streaming titles in addition to the previously announced T-sensei anime. While the website does not confirm that all the titles will be new anime, the app's primary function will be to distribute anime shorts. The list includes the anime adaptations of NTT Plala's Lunatan ~Kyojin Luna to Chitei Tanken! game and Gamu's Africa no Salaryman (Businessmen in Africa, pictured at right) manga.

The list also includes Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet) manga, the Kuruneko anime, jin's Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General (Zannen Onna Kanbu Black General-san) manga, Kōichirō Matsushita's Hitori Gurashi no Shōgakusei (Latchkey Grade Schooler) manga, Rieko Saibara's Dekiru ka na (I Can Do It, Huh) manga, and Asako Hashi and Kobo-artista's Genghis Khan no jin-kun mascot.

Kodoku no Gourmet ran from 1994 to 1996 in Fusosha's Monthly Panja magazine (now defunct). The story follows a solitary salesman named Gorō Inagashira as he travels all over Japan and samples the local cuisine found on street corners. The manga already inspired live-action television series and specials, and a sixth live-action television series was announced in January.

Kuruneko is based on Yamato Kuruneko's cat manga blog, revolves around a 30-something commercial designer who is completely devoted to sake and her five cats. The anime premiered in 2009, with a second season in 2010. Satomi Kobayashi voiced all the roles in the first season, while Miki Nakatani did the same in the second season.

Dekiru ka na has been irregularly serialized in Fusosha's Weekly SPA! magazine since 1996. Saibara herself is the main character of the manga, which features many life situations derived from her experiences, exploring if people can actually perform the situation depicted. It also reports about a particular place or scenario.

Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General revolves around the titular Black General, a woman executive in the secret "RX Organization," which aims to rule the world. But Black General is a fan of Braveman, the hero who protects the city. The creator jin launched the manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine in 2015, and Kadokawa published the manga's second compiled book volume last September.

The Hitori Gurashi no Shōgakusei four-panel manga debuted in 2014 in Amazon's Kindle ebook service, and centers on an impoverished nine-year-old grade schooler without a single relative and who lives in a dining room. The story focuses on her everyday life. Takarajimasha published a two-volume sequel manga titled Hitori Gurashi no Shōgakusei Enoshima no Sora in May and November last year.

The Genghis Khan no jin-kun mascot debuted at the Sapporo Snow Festival in 2013, and was officially recognized as the mascot of Sapporo's "Sapporo Smile" PR campaign in 2016.

The Tate Anime app is accepting preregistration. The app will offer short (about three-minute) anime that will update every weekday, and each series will have 10 episodes. The new anime will be presented vertically for smartphones. The app is aimed at people who do not have time to watch television or do not own a television.

The app is slated to launch this spring for iOS and Android devices. The T-sensei has already confirmed that it will premiere in April.

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