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Japanese Classical Literatures To Be Animated With Mangaka's Character Designs

by dtshyk
Sep 11, 2009 2:02 AM | 24 Comments
According to Shueisha, a new TV anime series titled "Aoi Bungaku (blue literature)" will start from October 10th. They will animated four Japanese classical literatures and the original character designs are done by manga authors Obata Takeshi, Kubo Tite and Konomi Takeshi.

Recently, Japanese classical literatures have been re-published with new cover illustrations drawn by manga authors. The illustrations boosted the sales of the books four to ten fold.

Cover illustrations of the classical literatures to be animated in the new series
"Ningen Shikkaku" (1948) drawn by Obata
"Kokoro" (1914) drawn by Obata
"Jigokuhen" (1918) drawn by Kubo
"Hashire Melos" (1940) drawn by Konomi

Source: Shueisha

References on English Wikipedia
Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)
Kokoro
Jigokuhen (Hell Screen)
Hashire Melos (Run, Melos!)

20 of 24 Comments Recent Comments

That skeleton of Obata's is like a photograph. Insane.

Definitely gonna watch.

Sep 11, 2009 6:31 PM by windy

They better not fuck this with anime stereotypes.

Sep 11, 2009 5:59 PM by Wilio

The first three stories in particular caught my attention.This'll be something different to look forward to.

Sep 11, 2009 4:53 PM by Kantarou

Sounds cool!!

Sep 11, 2009 2:53 PM by VelvetEris

Looks good. I'll be checking this out for sure.

Sep 11, 2009 1:41 PM by BokuSatchii

YEAH!

Sep 11, 2009 10:03 AM by stfngp

Kokoro?! I gotta watch this. I was planning to read this book soon

Sep 11, 2009 9:50 AM by dPsychc

Kokoro?! I gotta watch this. I was planning to read this book soon

Sep 11, 2009 9:50 AM by dPsychc

tanoshii..^^ and my fav mangaka~ kubo tite.. i'll b watching it then!

Sep 11, 2009 8:48 AM by zenith_kim94

dtshyk said:
seishi-sama said:

Will it, by any chance, be airing on Fuji TV "Noise" block?

It'll be aired on Nihon TV on Saturdays.

I see, thanks. This show just somehow fits those Fuji TV projects. :)

Sep 11, 2009 7:52 AM by seishi-sama

this reminds me of that horror anime series before xD based on japanese horror stories.

i've read Kokoro before, it definitely is a must-read/watch ^^

Sep 11, 2009 7:08 AM by katzenjammer

omg, they will actually animate Jigokuhen?.... That's a very twisted story....

Ningen Shikkaku and Kokoro will be interesting to watch....

Sep 11, 2009 6:46 AM by wakka9ca

YES.
Now that's something to look forward to.

Sep 11, 2009 6:38 AM by aikaeimin

YAY!
EDIT: I think the ppl working on it should have been from a less...err..mainstrem background.

Sep 11, 2009 5:57 AM by koreye

seishi-sama said:

Will it, by any chance, be airing on Fuji TV "Noise" block?

It'll be aired on Nihon TV on Saturdays.

Sep 11, 2009 5:03 AM by dtshyk

Different styles for different stories like they did in Ayakashi-Japanese Classic Horror? Nice...very nice.

Sep 11, 2009 4:55 AM by TsukikageRan

I've read Akutagawa's Jigokuhen iirc...looking forward to the series.

Will it, by any chance, be airing on Fuji TV "Noise" block?

Sep 11, 2009 4:42 AM by seishi-sama

I like the sound of this **.

Sep 11, 2009 4:16 AM by seimei

seems quite interesting. especially cover of "Kokoro". looking forward to it~

Sep 11, 2009 3:57 AM by Qrko

FUCK YEAH

Sep 11, 2009 3:42 AM by dumbfuck