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The company has acquired the rights to develop an original series based on the Japanese brand.

Viz Media to develop new kids’ animation Gakkimals

Viz Media has revealed it has acquired the licensing rights to develop an original series based on the Japanese children’s property Gakkimals.

The new series will be produced under license from ShoPro, a subsidiary of three of Japan’s largest publishing houses, Shogakukan Inc, Shueisha Inc, and Hakusensha Inc.

“The acquisition of Gakkimals represents an important step in our initiative to develop new and engaging global content in partnership with our creative partners in Japan,” said Brad Woods, CMO of Viz Media.

"Gakkimals is a truly unique children’s property that combines the evergreen appeal of music and animals into a vibrant environment that inspires early childhood learning with a fun cast of endearing characters. We look forward to working closely with our partners at ShoPro to develop this exciting new show.”

Gakkimals is based on an original concept produced by Japanese production duo PecanNuts, which combines animals and music together.

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