Kako Kuwahara will lead the new department and its first global anime title is based on the novel "Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy".
Kako Kuwahara, EVP of Business Development Anime Department, Nippon TV
Having recently announced two promotions within its IBD division, Nippon TV, Japan’s leading multiplatform entertainment powerhouse, announced the creation of a new Anime Department which will be headed up by Kako Kuwahara, who has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Business Development, previously serving as Managing Director of IBD.
The first international project announced as part of this new department is the anime based on the award-winning novel "Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy"- (30min / 12 episodes) produced by C2C Studios (Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) with Nippon TV serving as a distributor with all international rights.
“For many years, anime has been a forte of Nippon TV and we have been producing hit anime series such as ‘Lupin the 3rd’, ‘Death Note’, ‘Hunter X Hunter’, and many more. But now the time is ideal for us to create a department solely focused on anime as this genre is loved by so many around the world. We will be producing and distributing coveted anime series domestically, as well as internationally, and Kako Kuwahara is the ideal executive to head up this department” commented Keiichi Sawa, Operating Officer and President of Business Development for Nippon TV.
"I am honored to be the first EVP of the first Anime Department in Nippon TV’s history. I am also proud to introduce 'Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy'- as our first international anime distribution. In addition to securing the international distribution rights to this award-winning series, we were also able to cast Japan’s top voice actors with credits including 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba' and 'My Hero Academia'. We see young international generations looking up to anime heroes and the voice actors, with anime being a big part of their lives. It is my wish, along with Nippon TV’s dedication, to further strengthen our anime production, create new worldwide hits, enhance our global distribution of these series, and, ultimately, reach as many anime fans as possible for generations,” commented Kuwahara.
"Tsukimich -Moonlit Fantasy"- is an animation series based on the award-winning novel and manga with the same title, written by Kei Azumi. Makoto Misumi is just an ordinary high school student living a regular life, but all of a sudden gets summoned to the other world to become a "hero."