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Warner Japan tries animation

Sets pair of locally produced TV series

TOKYO — Warner Entertainment Japan will launch two locally produced animated shows on Japanese TV, a company first. The shows will air starting in July on Tokyo MX and other stations around the country.

The first is “Ro-kyu-bu!,” a toon about a star high school basketball player who finds himself off the team and in the dumps when he is drafted as the hoops coach of five elementary school girls. The other is “Kamisama no memocho” (God’s Memo), about a detective agency staffed by social dropouts. Both toons are based on popular “light novels,” a local genre mixing text and illustrations.

Warner has been involved in local pic production and distribution for several years — results include the new hit romantic drama “Paradise Kiss” — but these two shows are its first ventures into local TV animation production.

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