Niigata-city in Niigata Prefecture is known as the hometown for many popular manga artists such as Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha), Fujio Akatsuka (Tensai Bakabon), and Takeshi Obata (Hikaru no Go, Death Note). The city has been featuring two anime-style mascot characters named Komachi Hanano and Dangoro Sasa to promote its manga/anime culture since 2011 and has made two anime promotional videos featuring them. Niigata City Channel, the city's official YouTube channel, recently reposted the 1st episode "Search for the Lagoon Stone," which was originally posted in May, with English and French subtitles.
The anime is produced by MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Teekyu) and directed by Hisahi Abe (Devil May Cry, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance) who was born in Niigata. The red-hair girl Komachi Hanano is voiced by Yuuka Nanri (Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls) and the green-hair boy Dangoro Sasa
is by Iori Nomizu (Yoshino in Date A Live). Yoko Ishida, popular anime singer who was also born in Niigata,
wrote and performed the theme song "Akane no Sorani." Check the 1st episode with the subtitles below.
The 1st episode "Search for the Lagoon Stone" with English subtitles
The 1st episode "Search for the Lagoon Stone" with French subtitles
Theme song "Akane no Sorani" by Yoko Ishida
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