Stop-Mo ‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’ Set for Spring 2019 on Netflix

Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Rilakkuma and Kaoru

One of Japan’s most popular, collectible characters is coming to screens around the world in Rilakkuma and Kaoru — the first stop-motion animated series for the adorable “relax bear” and his office worker companion. The 13-episode series is set to debut as a Netflix original series in Spring 2019 in more than 190 countries.

Inspired by the in-demand merchandise line introduced by San-X in 2003 (yep, its 15th anniversary is coming up!), Rilakkuma and Kaoru will be produced by Japan’s leading stop-motion studio, dwarf (Domo, Komaneko). Original character creator Aki Kondo is working on story development for the project. Acclaimed live-action filmmaker Naoko Ogigami (Kamome Shokudo, Close-Knit) is on board as screenwriter. The director is Masahito Kobayashi, and San-X will oversee the project.

Synopsis: Rilakkuma is a soft toy bear who showed up one day to live with a young woman named Kaoru. It spends its days lounging around the apartment. Although there is a zipper on its back, what is inside is a mystery. Rilakkuma loves pancakes, rice omelets, custard pudding and “dango” rice dumplings. Its friends are Kaoru’s pet bird Kiiroitori and a small white bear cub named Korilakkuma who also showed up out of the blue.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Rilakkuma and Kaoru