Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting (KBC) revealed two original short anime for broadcast on its network in Summer and Fall 2015. The first, Kurayami Santa, will begin airing on July 5 and run for 13 episodes. The second, Kowabon, will air in October. Both series will be animated by ILCA.
Kurayami Santa Kurayami Santa overlays animation on archived footage from the 1960s, which was recently uncovered by KBC, in order to recreate a Showa-era atmosphere. The protagonist, Santa, is tasked with maintaining the balance between the spirit and human worlds. One setting to be used is the now-abandoned Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture, which was previously an active mining facility during the Industrial Revolution.
Planning, Character Design: Chouji Yoshikawa (associate producer for Pokemon series)
Director, Episode Director: Manabu Nakamura
Script: Hiromu Kumamoto
Episode Direction Advisor: Shinji Nishikawa (special effects design for Godzilla films)
Music: Yasuhiko Fukuda