Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Anime's Short Video Previews Protagonist Totta
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The anime stars: (Note: name spellings aren't confirmed)
- Ryou Hirohashi as protagonist Totta Tachitsute
- Yumi Uchiyama as Totta's bar soul partner Potepen
- Mitsuki Saiga as Totta's rival Kiba Samejima
- Kouta Nemoto as the bar soul Shuwajirō
Kenji Seto (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water, Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) is serving as series director. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Duel Masters, Yōkai Watch) is handling the series composition, Akemi Yokota (Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V) is designing the characters, and Takatsugu Wakabayashi (PriPri Chii-chan!!, Ange Vierge, Dragonar Academy) is composing the music.
The anime will center on the elementary school student Totta, who loves to fish. One day a bar soul named Potepen appears from the barcode on Totta's bag of potato chips. Together, Totta and Potepen use a special "Bakutsuri" bar rod item to fish for other bar souls.
The multimedia franchise is a collaboration between Bandai, Shogakukan, and Toei Animation, and includes an anime, a manga, a game, and a toy line. Toei Animation will be in charge of the upcoming anime. The manga launched on March 15 in the April issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine. Bandai began releasing the toy line starting with the "Bakutsuri Bar Rod" on March 17. The toy retails for 4,800 yen (about US$43).
The concept of the franchise is that the barcodes on our personal belongings all have a "bar soul." These unknown "bar soul" lifeforms live in the "barcode ocean." And in this world, people can use a "Bakutsuri Bar Rod" fishing rod to fish for and collect the bar souls using AR (augmented reality).
The Bakutsuri Bar Rod is an attachment for a player's Nintendo 3DS, and players can then download a free Bakutsuri Bar Hunter game for the 3DS to play the game.
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