Anime Adaptation of Tokyopop's Goldfisch Manga Being Developed With Grant From Media and Film Funding of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
To Be Animated By Studio Seufz
Los Angeles, CA —TOKYOPOP®, a POP Media Holdings company and global manga leader, is thrilled to announce their adaptation of Nana Yaa's Goldfisch manga into an animated series.
With the script being written by Simon Thummet, the project will be produced by TOKYOPOP together with European animation studio Studio Seufz in Stuttgart, Germany. Funding is provided by the Media and Film Funding of Baden-Wuerttemberg (MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg), whose jurors in their last award session of the year approved around 3.7 million EUR for a total of 23 projects in the fields of script development, preproduction and production, with 15,200 EUR awarded to Goldfisch for the initial phase.
"Anime, just like manga, is becoming more and more global," said Stu Levy, founder of TOKYOPOP. "We're very excited to be in business with Studio Seufz, who is a brilliant and talented animation studio – their sensibility is very modern and in-line with both anime and traditional Western animation."
"Having the chance a develop a German-flavored shonen anime is just about as exciting as it can get. Being huge fans of Nana Yaa's Goldfisch manga, we are grateful for TOKYOPOP bringing us on board and sharing their expertise in the anime and manga industry," said Stefan Michel, producer at Studio Seufz.
One of the first titles in TOKYOPOP's International Women of Manga initiative, two volumes of Goldfisch are already available in English and in Nana Yaa's native German from TOKYOPOP, and the first volume has been released in French (as Goldfish) by nobi nobi!. A new take on the legend of King Midas, the shonen action adventure title is inspired by the tales Yaa heard from her grandmother when she was growing up.
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Nana Yaa is now among the most productive artists in the German manga scene and has already published numerous amateur manga and short stories, including the Boys Love webcomic, CRUSHED!!. In addition to her contributions to anthologies by the independent publisher Schwarzer Turm, her first full-length work, Patina was published by Droemer Knaur in 2016. Her slice-of-life drama MCS was awarded Doujinshi of the Year in 2016.