Anime fans can look for a new series about an elementary schoolgirl with special telekinetic powers online today. Based on a popular manga by Fujio Akatsuka, the new adaptation is titled Hennako-chan and is produced by Tokyo’s animation powerhouse GDH and its subsidiary Gonzo Rosso. The comic-strip original ran in Shukan Josei from January 1991 to August 1994. Gonzo Rosso produces the web series consisting of six three-minute episodes which will be distributed on Gonzo’s official YouTube channel, Gonzo Doga, beginning today (April 25). The black comedy series is directed by Jun Aoki and Yoshihide Ibata.
Akatsuka has previously written 540 comic series, and four of his works have already been adapted to anime series (Osomatsu-kun, Himitsu no Akko-chan, Mooretsu Atarou and Tensai Bakabon.) Hennako-chan will be the fifth title to be animated since Tensai Bakabon was made available 37 years ago. The Internet anime version of Hennako-chan is produced by digitally processing Akatsuka’s artwork, then adding movements, voice tracks, and sound effects to create the illusion of a “moving comic strip.’
This online version of Hennako-chan will also be provided with English and Chinese subtitles provided through YouTube APIs and Fujiyama’s multilingual synchronization system, enabling anime fans outside of Japan to enjoy the show at the same time as Japanese fans. To check out the new Gonza Doga version visit youtube.com/user/gonzodoga.
Subtitled versions are available at www.fujiyama1.com/gonzo.