2-disc ‘Akatsuka Fujio Anime Collection’ due out in May

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The “Akatsuka Fujio Anime Collection,” a two-disc compilation DVD set of anime shows based on manga titles by Fujio Akatsuka (1935-2008) is set for release May 21, thanks to a joint effort by three animation studios. A set of new TV ads will start airing in April to promote the package.

The DVD set includes 13 episodes from the legendary manga artist’s “The Secret of Akkochan,” “Furious Ataro,” “Tensai Bakabon” (Meet the Boneheads) and “Osomatsu-kun” produced by Toei Animation Co., TMS Entertainment Ltd. and Pierrot Co.

Six episodes are being released on DVD for the first time.

The DVD will cost 9,450 yen ($112.67), including tax, and will be released by Toei Video Co.

The launch also marks the release of “Korede Iinoda!” (That’s the way it should be!), a biopic about the life of the beloved artist, which will hit cinemas on April 30.

Over the years, Akatsuka’s manga were adapted by several anime studios, but for this project, Japan’s three leading anime producers worked together to compile episodes from his four major titles into a single release.

The 13 episodes are from the animated TV series, featurettes and original video anime episodes.

The set covers some of Akatsuka’s best and rarest works, giving a comprehensive overview of the influential manga artist who left an indelible impression on Japanese pop culture.

In conjunction with the DVD release, an animated TV commercial featuring characters from the four titles will be aired on television. The characters include Akkochan, Nyarome the cat, Bakabon’s Papa and the flashy and sarcastic man, Iyami.

Voice actress Yoshiko Ota (Akkochan), voice actors Hiroshi Otake (Nyarome), Kosei Tomita (Papa) and Kaneta Kimotsuki (Iyami), who portrayed the characters in the original productions, returned to the studio for the first time in decades for the commercial.

The ad runs in five versions. Four feature each of the four characters separately, with all four united in the fifth.

The commercials begin airing April 17 on TV Asahi, Tokyo MX, Cartoon Network and Toei Channel, in addition to being streamed on the Toei Video’s website.

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