Australian "Deltora Quest" Becomes Japanese Anime
A Japanese TV anime adaptation of the popular “Deltora Quest” series of Australian young adult fantasy novels has been announced. Broadcast begins on January 6, 2007, and the series will air Saturday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:30AM on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo networks.
Written by Emily Rodda, the first “Deltora Quest” novel was released in Australia in October of 2001 to considerable acclaim. That same year it received the science fiction/fantasy Aurealis Awards’ Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award. The first volume of the third and most recent “Deltora Quest” series has sold over a million copies to date, and other “Deltora Quest” novels occupy more or less constant positions on the Young Adult Literature best-selling charts.
Translated editions of the series have been released in a total of 31 countries around the globe, with US publication handled by Scholastic. The first Japanese volumes were released in 2003 by Iwanami Shoten, and by August of 2006 combined sales had topped 4 million books sold. Published in the pages of Kodansha’s Comic BonBon, Makoto Nihano’s popular manga adaptation began in November of 2005, with three collected tankoubon volumes released to date.
The series is being released by OLM, whose other anime projects include various Pokemon series, Disgaea, Bio-Booster Guyver, Utawarerumono and Steel Angel Kurumi. Mitsuru Hongo (Sakura Wars: The Movie, Outlaw Star, IGPX) will be directing and handling series composition. The animation director and character designer is Hiroyuki Nishimura, who worked as a genga artist for the Ouran High School Host Club opening sequence as well as for Maria-sama ga Miteru and Rurouni Kenshin.
The series’ webpage can be found here.