Anime is taking over Hollywood as more new collaborations are underway, one of them being Kodansha reportedly setting up a major anime partnership with Disney. This was confirmed during a live report from the Asia-Pacific Content (APAC) Showcase in Singapore this week.
Kodansha is known for many iconic anime shows such as Ghost in the Shell (2017), A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016), Your Lie in April (2014-2015), but perhaps most notably for Cells at Work! and the Attack on Titan franchise. The announcement of this major anime partnership includes Kodansha providing license for exclusive anime titles starting with Tokyo Revengers Season 2 to launch on Disney Plus, and creating an original anime series for the streaming site.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the exclusive launching of Kodansha’s anime titles will start in January 2023, starting with season 2 of Tokyo Revengers and its Christmas special, Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc.
In the same report, Disney’s executive vice-president of original content strategy in APAC, Carol Choi, has expressed their excitement for the upcoming collaboration. Read her full comment below:
“We are thrilled to deepen our strategic collaboration with our long standing partner Kodansha on such an exciting genre. Japanese anime fills the white space in our content development plans and we believe this expanded collaboration will be a game changer in Disney’s future animation strategy in Japan. We look forward to bringing the anime titles and prized IP by Kodansha to the world stage.”
This is not the only Disney anime project being worked on. Previously, Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli announced a mystery Star Wars project in the works, which was initially speculated to be season 2 of Star Wars: Vision.
However, the official Star Wars Twitter account had announced that their upcoming project is actually titled Star Wars: Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies, which is a hand-drawn original short featuring Baby Yoda and little Soot Sprites from Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
You can watch Star Wars: Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies on Disney Plus.