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Toei Animation and CJ ENM Launch Slate of Live- Action and Cartoon Series

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Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Japan’s Toei Animation and Korea’s CJ ENM unveiled a volley of new projects on Saturday flowing from their previously-established cooperation pact.

The new shows include: a series that will be produced in both live action and animated formats; a live action series; and a third animation series. “The genesis of this co-operation was the notion that we should play to the strengths of Korean content and Japanese animation,” said Yi Jongmin, the CJ executive who heads the joint venture’s shared control unit. “That was before we factor in language barriers and cultural differences and suffered the disruptions of the COVID pandemic.” He was joined on stage at the Asian Contents & Film Market, on the sidelines of the Busan International Film Festival, by Washio Takashi, the Toei Animation veteran who is currently enjoying success with “One Piece” and Korean producing legend Tcha Seung-jae.

The presentation took place a year to the day since the two companies announced their pact. Representatives from JK Film, Blaad Studio, a production that CJ ENM acquired in 2020, also made presentations.

The dual format project is a fantasy action series that follows warriors fighting to capture the goblins who are bringing trouble to the human world.

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