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San-X's 'Sumikko Gurashi' Characters Get Anime Film This Year

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Fanworks animates film about slightly negative characters living in corner of room

The official Twitter account for San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters announced on Tuesday that the characters are inspiring an anime film that will debut in Japan this year. Fanworks is animating the film.

Sumikko Gurashi debuted in 2012 as slightly negative characters who like to stay in the corner of a room. The characters include "Shirokuma," a polar bear who is sensitive to cold; "Penguin?" (with a question mark in its name), a penguin who is unsure if it is actually a penguin; "Tonkatsu," a piece of pork cutlet that was left uneaten; "Neko," a shy cat; and "Tokage," who hides his nature as one of the last dinosaurs.

The franchise has inspired toys, books, stationery material, and video games.

San-X's "Rilakkuma" character is also inspiring the Rilakkuma and Kaoru (Rilakkuma to Kaoru-san) anime that will debut globally on Netflix on April 19.

Sources: Sumikko Gurashi Twitter account, Comic Natalie


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