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Toei to Produce Zombie Zoo Anime Based on 9-Year-Old's NFT Art Collection

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Toei Animation states project is 1st in plan to create anime franchises based on NFT artwork

Toei Animation announced on Tuesday that it will produce an anime based on the NFT art collection of nine-year-old boy artist "Zombie Zoo Keeper." Toei Animation plans to "unveil" the project this spring.

Zombie Zoo Keeper created the art collection Zombie Zoo as his research project during his summer vacation last year. With the help of his mother, artist Emi Kusano, he started selling the pixel art as NFTs (Non-Fungible Token), and celebrities such as Steve Aoki bought the NFT artwork. As of January 24 Zombie Zoo Keeper has created 209 pixel art pieces, and made them available on the NFT marketplace OpenSea. He was later selected on the "2021 Forbes JAPAN 100" list, and Toei Animation stated he quickly "became the face of the 'NFT Art Scene' in Japan."

Toei Animation stated that while it has "brought many kids' animations into the world through the hands of adult creators," this time "the main creator of this project is the children themselves." The company added it "started this project because we wanted to support and create animations that reflect children's creativity as it is."

Toei Animation stated this is the first project in a plan to expand its NFT initiatives that will "[partner] with creators to develop animation franchises based off of NFT artwork."

Sources: Toei Animation (link 2), Comic Natalie

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