New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Reveals Title, Studios, Original Character, April Debut

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Bandai Namco Pictures, Ajia-do make 1st TV anime based on children's book series in 13 years

The staff for the new television anime based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori children's book series revealed on Friday the anime's title, animation studios, visual, and April premiere on NHK Educational. The anime's title is Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori). Bandai Namco Pictures and Ajia-do is producing the series.

The staff also teased that the new anime will have episodes with stories that did not appear in the previous books and adaptations, and previewed a new, original character:

The new anime will be the first television anime of the books in 13 years, since the second anime ended in 2007. It will contain stories from the original books as well as original stories.

Hara began the book series in 1987 and published the 65th book (seen right) on Thursday. The books have inspired a 1993 film, a 2004-2005 television anime series, a second television anime from 2005 to 2007, and a second film in 2006. These earlier films were short works that were screened with other anime, but the series later inspired three previous feature-length films in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Hara's books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the "King of Pranks." Zorori aims to "build my own castle and make a beautiful princess my wife," and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi.

Source: Press release

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