Mumbai’s Reliance MediaWorks has recently inked a partnership deal with Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi and its subsidiary studio Shin-ei Animation. Under said deal, new episodes of the hit 1980’s series Ninja Hattori will be produced and licensed for broadcast.
Ninja Hattori was originally based on the Fujiko Fujio manga of the same title, and was one of the most popular kids comedy/action franchise during its time, and has garnered a following these past few years after being aired regularly on Nick India. The new episodes will be launched in May this year, with writers and directors from Shin-ei collaborating with a 100-man animator team at Reliance in order to create new HD 2D-animated episodes.
“This is our first collaboration with any Indian company, and this was also a challenge for us to transform the classic show into an all new digitally mastered show without losing the look and feel of the original episodes. Our hope is to get Ninja Hattori out to more children all over the world,” said Shin-ei Animation producer Satoshi Kaisho. Reliance COO Naresh Malik added: “Being associated with some of the top Japanese talent through Shin-Ei and TV Asahi for such a legendary show and bringing it back through digital technology will be an immensely challenging and great working experience for our animation team.”