Monday, April 5, 2010

Fireball ファイアボール

Disney Studios has a markably different presence in Japan then in its native home. Firstly, the merchandise offering it targeted to the Japanese audience - meaning that bento boxes, chop sticks, gashapon, stationary, and every conceivable item at the dollar store has the visage of a Disney licensed character. However, the characters are not who you might think, Mickey is absent - instead replaced by Stitch who is very popular and Drossel von Flügell (who von wha' you say?) Well, Disney stepped out of the US and partnered with Toei Animation (one of Japan's anime powerhouses) to make their first Japanese anime. Titled "Fireball," the show is targeted at Japanese tastes and humor and currently has run 13 episodes on Japanese TV. It is animated entirely in 3D with no cel-shading of any sort, as would be typical for the medium. Pictured is the Figma figure for Duchess Drossel von Flügell.

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