It was reported by The Nikkei Shimbun (Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan) on 09/12/97. You know Marubeni is a major trading company in Japan. However you also know Marubeni deals in animation contents. Moreover you must know Original Video Animation-type "You're Under Arrest" was produced by Marubeni which cooperated with Kodansha and Bandai Visual.
I reported Studio Pierrot in Musashino-city, Tokyo here formerly. The major animation production produced TV-animation "Hyper Police." The animation was broadcast only in Tokyo by TV-Tokyo since April, 1997 till September, 1997.
Studio Pierrot has the official homepage.
This news means these two police action animations in Japan are married.
The aim of Marubeni is to develop its contents supply ability to satellite digital broadcasting and internet. Marubeni cooperates with Studio Pierrot on producing animation program, software sales, program supply to foreign countries, etc. Marubeni is going to invest in Studio Pierrot (20 percent of 200-300 million yen).
Hyperpolice is a popular cartoon by MEE. Its 4 volumes are published by Kadokawa Shoten. In the TV-animation, Ms Yuko Miyamura, a popular voice actress in Japan, played the leading role. The story of animation is as follows;
In Holy Calendar 22, the number of human beings are decreasing and are protected all over the world. Most of people are "animal men" blending of human being and devil. Then licensed private policemen patrol aiming at prize money.
One of the private policemen in "Police Company" is 17-year-old girl Natsuki Sasahara, a Nekomata-half. Nekomata-half means a half between human being and Nekomata. Nekomata means a kind of goblin cat with a forked tail. She plays the active part with 191-year-old Sakura Bokusei-in Monzen-Inari, a fox with eight and a fifth tails using magic. These private policemen are called "Bounty Hunters."
The animation consisted of 25 stories. The director was Mr. Takahiro Oomori.
Ms Chiyako Shibahara got popular after she played the role of Sakura. To promote her works, she went to USA in July, 1997. Sakura is an Osaka-dialect speaker who was born in Amagasaki-city, Hyogo Prefecture in MEE's original comics. Chiyako Shibahara was born in Osaka. She spoke native Osaka-dialect there.
Mademoiselle Fonnue Warclay is their rival. She belongs to MPC (Mad Police Corporation). MPC is a major private police. Therefore Natsuki's games are often took by force by Faune. Ms Kotono Mitsuishi, a popular voice actress in Japan, played the role of Faune.
Fans of You're Under Arrest will be pleased with the story. Soon Marubeni will show you the animation.