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'Di Gi Charat' Franchise Receives New Mini Anime

Jun 12, 4:52 PM
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The Di Gi Charat Totsuzen no Dai News Tokuban livestream event announced a mini anime series for the franchise on Saturday. The anime will be the first part of the Reiwa no Di Gi Charat project, which celebrates the franchise's 24th anniversary next year. Bushiroad also opened an official website, revealing the main staff and a key visual (pictured above).

Director: Hiroaki Sakurai (Di Gi Charat, Machikado Mazoku)
Character Design: Atsuko Watanabe (Hanayamata, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class)

Di Gi Charat: Asami Sanada (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's)
Petit Charat: Miyuki Sawashiro (Rozen Maiden)
Rabi-en-Rose: Kyouko Hikami (Eden)
Gema: Yoshiko Kamei (Love Lab)
Pyocola Analogue III: Megumi Hayashibara (Slayers)
Rik Heisenberg: Kousuke Toriumi (Bleach)
Ky Schweitzer: Chihiro Suzuki (Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou)
Coo Erhard: Tomo Saeki (Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai)

The voice cast are reprising their roles from the original anime, with Satomi Akesaka (Tantei Opera Milky Holmes) joining the cast as Broccodes.

Game production and planning company Broccoli launched the mascot franchise for its retail chain Gamers in 1998. The franchise has since inspired anime series, manga adaptations, video games, and trading cards.

Madhouse produced the first television anime that aired in 16 episodes in Fall 1999 (pictured right). A 48-episode prequel premiered in Winter 2002. Winter Garden (Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden), the latest anime installment in the franchise, aired in two episodes in December 2006.

Synch-Point released the original television anime in North America in 2005. Sentai Filmworks relicensed the anime series in 2013 and released it on DVD in October that year. The distributor also shipped the OVAs and special episodes on home video.

Official site:
Official Twitter: @digicharat_r

Source: PR Times

Reiwa no Di Gi Charat on MAL
Modified by Vindstot, Jun 13, 10:15 PM

Jun 12, 4:57 PM
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Bruh it’s been like 20 years
Jun 12, 5:14 PM
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Certainly wasn’t expecting this.
Jun 12, 5:14 PM

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Finally! Di Gi Charat was my doorway to anime. I can't wait to see all the characters with fresh looks
Jun 12, 5:32 PM

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This may not be very good due to it's premise (Reiwa era otaku culture), being impacted by everything from the pandemic to stagnation of most of the mediums that make this culture, particularly games, anime, manga, and especially LNs. It just wouldn't be as interesting as if this was aired in 2019 or earlier.

Jun 12, 9:54 PM

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Now that's a blast from the past. It never appealed to me, but I hope fans are happy.
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Jun 13, 8:26 PM

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well considering i've been meaning to watch the original w/in the past month, i guess i better get on it now
Jun 14, 12:18 AM
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I don't mind the reboot. It needed an update.
Jun 14, 1:28 AM

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Jun 14, 4:59 AM

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Oh my goooood!!! And they even bring back the original director. I don't even watch seasonal anime anymore but I'll follow this every week when it comes out.
Jun 14, 8:16 AM

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RoyaleMiko said:
Oh my goooood!!! And they even bring back the original director. I don't even watch seasonal anime anymore but I'll follow this every week when it comes out.

Is this far from the first adaptation?
Jun 15, 10:55 PM

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@RobertBobert, Yes, the first adaptation came out in 1999. With 2006's Winter Garden being the last entry before this annoucement.
Jun 16, 1:53 AM

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It's like the world is telling me, "Yes, you SHOULD vinyl your car with Rabi~en~Rose"!
Di Gi Charat is super important to me in many ways, so I'm super happy that they'll be doing something for the anniversary.

Enjoy your anime!

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