Two manga by Midorikawa in anime pipeline

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

Manga artist Yuki Midorikawa’s fantasy work “Natsume Yujincho” (Natsume’s book of friends) will return for a third season as an animated TV series, while a feature film adaptation of her “Hotarubi no Mori e” (Into the forest of fireflies) is in the pipeline.

The two projects will put Midorikawa’s world back in the spotlight two years after the second season of “Natsume Yujincho” wrapped up in 2009. The first season premiered in 2008.

The third season is being produced by the same talented team that earned acclaim for the delicate imagery and rendition of the previous seasons. The creators include director Takahiro Omori and character designer Akira Takata. Sadayuki Murai joins the team as screenwriter and overall story composition supervisor.

As with the previous seasons, anime studio Brain’s Base Inc. will handle the animation production. The studio has produced a string of hit anime shows, including “Durarara!!” and “Kuragehime.”

“Natsume Yujincho” revolves around Takashi Natsume, a boy with the ability to see “yokai” goblins. With the help of Nyanko-sensei, another yokai in the form of a cat, he goes on to dissolve contracts that his grandmother used to enslave the goblins.

Voice actors Hiroshi Kamiya and Kazuhiko Inoue will reprise their roles as Takashi and Nyanko-sensei, respectively.

The new series is set to air in 2011.

Meanwhile, “Hotarubi no Mori e,” which came out in 2002, is an ephemeral love story between a human girl and a spirit. The production team from “Natsume Yujincho” will also make the animated feature film that will be released in 2011.

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