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Bono Bono Anime's Video Previews 81st Episode's Spinoff Story

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Episode debuting October 28 adapts Bono-chan manga

The official website for the new anime of Mikio Igarashi's four-panel gag comedy manga Bono Bono began streaming a promotional video for the series' 81st episode on Thursday. The episode, titled "Bono-chan ~ Tatte Miyō" (Bono-chan Tries to Stand Up), will adapt a story from the Bono-chan spinoff manga and premiere on Saturday.

Bono-chan to Maigo no Akachan Penguin (Bono-chan and the Lost Baby Penguin; seen right), the fourth compiled book volume of the Bono-chan manga, will ship the same day as the episode premieres. The Village Vanguard stores in the Lumine Tachikawa and Lumine Yokohama malls will hold a panel exhibit from October 28 to November 12 to celebrate the anime and book. People who spend at least 1,500 yen (about US$13) in related products will receive a deluxe postcard.

Igarashi will participate in a signing event on October 28 at the franchise's pop-up shop that is running at Tokyo Station's Ichiban Plaza from October 20-31. People who spend at least 2,500 yen (US$22) at the shop will be able to receive tickets to the event.

The anime's 81st episode will star Takaaki Itō as Bono-chan's father, Aya Ogata as Chipmunk-chan, and Takuya Kotegawa as Chipmunk-chan's father.

Igarashi launched the Bono-chan spinoff manga in Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine in April 2016. The manga focuses on Bono Bono's childhood. Takeshobo published the manga's third compiled book volume on May 29.

The anime series of eight-minute shorts premiered in April 2016 on Fuji TV and is still airing. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The anime stars:

Fukuko Yukimiyama as Bono Bono
Aya Ogata as Chipmunk (Shimarisu)
Shinpei Takano as Raccoon (Araiguma)
Yūki Kurofuji as Fishing Cat (Sunadori Neko)

Hidenori Yamaguchi (episode director for Machine Hayabusa, Sazae-san) is directing the anime at Eiken (Sazae-san, Musashi no Ken) in collaboration with TYO Animations. Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II, Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation) is handling the series composition, and Takatsugu Wakabayashi (Majin Bone, Dragonar Academy) is composing the music.

Igarashi's manga depicts the absurd gag humor of Bono Bono the otter, Shimarisu the chipmunk, Araiguma the raccoon, and other animals.

Igarashi serialized the original manga in Manga Life, Manga Club, and other Takeshobo magazines from 1986 onward, and the series' first 40 volumes have 9 million copies in print. The first television anime of the manga ran from April 1995 to March 1996, and the new television anime that premiered last year is celebrating the manga's 30th anniversary.

Source: Comic Natalie


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