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Having just watched the first (raw) episode, I could only think one thing! Dern, why does this remind me of the Dragon Ball series? |
After some research, I was able to confirm that this new series is a collaborative effort between Akira Toriyama (the creator of Dragon Ball) and Hironobu Sakaguchi (of Final Fantasy fame).
The basic story of Blue Dragon is based on the manga series, and has already spawned an (MicroSoftie) XBOX game.
While the story line might appear to be directed an 8-year-old+ crowd, the animation (done by Studio Perrot) is top notch. I would not be surprised if this series catches on as quickly as Dragon Ball did, becoming (R1) licensed and fully franchised, just in time to torment both parents and grandparents alike for the upcoming 07/08 Christmas/holiday gift giving season.
I have posted a few images.
Last updated Friday, May 18 2007. Created Thursday, April 12 2007.
|Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/contents/bluedragon/index.html|
|Another Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.bluedragon.tv/|
|Viz Media (English) Web Site||http://www.viz.com/|
|Wiki entry for XBOX game & anime series||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Dragon|