A spectacular content launch for the Asia-Pacific region kicks off in Singapore on Wednesday (November 30). The Walt Disney Company announced that it is expanding its longstanding collaboration with the powerful Japanese publisher kodansha to co-produce a growing list of anime originals for the streaming service disneyplus.

The expanded collaboration will also include international licensing of exclusive manga-based anime titles produced by kodanshastarting with Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen (Tokyo Revengers Season 2: Christmas Showdown Arc), which will be released exclusively on disneyplus Y Disney plus hot star (Indian) a January 2023.

«We are excited to deepen our strategic collaboration with our longtime partner Kodansha in such an exciting genre.", said Carol ChoiExecutive Vice President of Original Content Strategy Disney in APAC. «Japanese anime occupies a blank spot in our content development plans, and we believe this expanded collaboration will fundamentally change Disney's future animation strategy in Japan. We look forward to bringing Kodansha's valuable intellectual property and anime titles to the world stage.».

As with competitors like Netflix Y Amazon Prime VideoJapanese anime, along with Korean drama content, was a mainstay of Disneyas the company looks to expand its subscriber reach in the growing Asia-Pacific region. According to consultant parrot analysis, Global demand for anime content has grown by 118% over the past two years, making it one of the fastest growing content genres during the pandemic. (The company measures its demand metrics by combining consumer data with social media activity, social video, and independent research.)

production team

  • Kouichi Hatsumi (Darling in the FranXX, Deadman Wonderland, Guilty Crown) is responsible for directing the anime at the studios LIDEN FILMS.
  • yasuyuki mutou (Deadman Wonderland, Afro Samurai, Sengoku Basara) is responsible for writing and supervising the screenplays.
  • kenichi oonuki (Golden Kamuy) J Keiko Oota (Psycho Pass) are responsible for character design and animation direction.
  • Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Jujutsu Kaisen, Dr. STONE, Ao Haru Ride) composes the soundtrack.
Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen

Tokyo Revenger's synopsis

Takemichi Hanagaki's sophomore year of high school was the pinnacle of his life. He had respect, a band of friends to rely on, and even a girlfriend. But that was twelve years ago. Today she is a nobody: a rickety nothing who is mocked by children and has to apologize to her younger boss again and again. Sudden news of the gruesome murder of the only girlfriend he's ever had with his brother by the Tokyo Manji gang only adds to the insult. Half a second before a move ends his miserable life forever, Takemichi recalls that same day twelve years ago when he was still dating Hinata Tachibana.

After being forced to relive the day he began his downward spiral, Takemichi encounters Hinata's little brother. Without thinking, he admits his apparent death before returning to the past. Takemichi urges him to protect his sister before inexplicably returning to the future. Miraculously, he's not dead. Stranger still, the future has changed. It seems that Takemichi can change the passage of time. Given the chance to prevent his ex-girlfriend's tragic death at the hands of Tokyo's Manji Gang, Takemichi decides to fly through time to change the course of the future.

Font: The Hollywood Reporter

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