Classic studio hopes to revitalize fans’ love for animation19 October, 2012 by Chad
Tatsunoko Production, one of Japan’s oldest animation studios turns 50 today. Even before Japanese animations became known as “anime” to the rest of the world, Tatsunoko has introduced countless iconic characters and television classics such as Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), Hakushon Daimaou (The Genie Family), Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) and Yattaman among many others. In slightly more modern times, they also animated the incredibly popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series.
Since early this year, Tatsunoko have been celebrating their 50th year through plenty of rebroadcasts and campaigns, such as these Tatsunoko themed “Please do it at home” inspired train manners posters for JR West. Other examples include a celebratory exhibition earlier in August at the Ginza Matsuya Department Store and will be releasing HD Blu-ray disc remasters of their most popular classic animations each month between June 2012 until April 2013 in the form of collectible boxed sets.
While Tatsunoko Production had produced some of the most loved classical animation series in Japan and beyond, they’ve had a diminished presence in the past decade. It’s great that their taking this opportunity to revitalize their company’s direction. And judging from the response so far, it would seem that the public who had grown up with their animations are in support. The company has more releases lined up for fans now than ever. It was even announced last week that a new live action movie of Gatchaman, that will debut in cinemas Summer 2013.
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