Anime producer Gonzo strikes back with ‘Nyanpire’ the vampire cat

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

Anime studio Gonzo K.K. is back with its first animated TV series in two years, bringing together big names in anime for “The Gothic World of Nyanpire,” a show about a vampire cat based on a manga of the same name created by fanzine artist Yukiusa.

Nyanpire the cat burst onto the fan scene after being introduced in a “dojinshi” fanzine in June 2009. Its popularity grew so quickly that at least 3 million pieces of Nyanpire character goods were sold in just a year and a half.

Takahiro Yoshimatsu, character designer for such anime series as “Trigun,” “Future GPX Cyber Formula” and “Supernatural The Animation,” will direct and design characters for the new series.

Scriptwriter Natsuko Takahashi, who wrote both animated TV and live-action adaptations of “Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture” and the live-action feature film “Ooku,” will write and supervise the overall story line.

Gonzo will handle the production. Previous series produced by the animation house include action-filled battle shows like “Blue Submarine No. 6,” “Afro Samurai,” “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo” (Cave King: Count of Monte Cristo”) and many others.

So Gonzo’s taking on a show filled with “kawaii” cute characters could be seen as a new departure for the company. It will create new story lines and emphasize the vampire cat’s adorableness over its bloodsucking scariness.

In the tale, Nyanpire (“nyan” is the sound of a cat’s meow) was abandoned as a kitten, but just when it was about to starve to death, a vampire came out of the darkness and gave the cat his blood. Soon, Nyanpire was adopted by a human girl, who took it home and keeps it as a pet.

The series follows the fun and adventures of Nyanpire and its unusual friends, including Dokuganryu Masamunya, a kitty who adores the one-eyed warrior lord Date Masamune (1567-1636), and a fallen angel cat, Nyantenshi, who was expelled from the celestial sphere.

In their animated forms, these characters from the popular fanzine appear certain to win over the hearts of audiences everywhere. The show is slated to begin airing this year.

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