VIZ Media, a premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has purchased production and licensing rights to develop an animated series based on the Japanese children’s property ‘Gakkimals’.
The series will be produced under license from ShoPro, a subsidiary of three of Japan's largest publishing houses - Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc. and Hakusensha Inc. - that focuses on licensing and merchandising the properties owned by Shogakukan Inc. Gakkimals is based on an original concept created by Japanese production duo, PecanNuts.
"The acquisition of GAKKIMALS represents an important step in our initiative to develop new and engaging global content in partnership with our creative partners in Japan," says Brad Woods, CMO, VIZ Media. "GAKKIMALS is a truly unique children's property that combines the evergreen appeal of music and animals into a vibrant environment that inspires early childhood learning with a fun cast of endearing characters. We look forward to working closely with our partners at ShoPro to develop this exciting new show."
The animal/instrument hybrid characters appeared within the TV Tokyo children's program 'Norista Ha~i!' for one year beginning in April 2008. The characters performed in the opening and ending segments, as well as original dance segments.