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News: PaRappa the Rapper games’ 20th anniversary celebrated with anime shorts

© Rodney A. Greenblat, Interlink, and Fuji Television

On Friday (August 12th), it was announced on Fuji TV that the rhythm game series PaRappa the Rapper is getting its own short anime. But PaRappa isn’t the star of the show this time. Instead, his eating and sleeping disorder afflicted teddy friend PJ Berri takes the main role, played by Jun Oosuka who voiced Prince of Tennis‘ Senri Chitose.

The series, titled PJ Berri no Mogu Mogu Munya Munya, will air its pilot episode on the late-night variety programme #Hi Poul on August 18th. In October, it will then become a regular segment of the show, which is also set to air a parody of the 1974 anime Alps no Shojo Heidi (Heidi, Girl of the Alps). Each episode will be around 96 seconds long, and PJ Berri and his friends are listed with their voice cast as below:

Jun Oosuka as PJ Berri

Yuto Suzuki (Knights of Sidonia‘s Izumo Midorikawa) as PaRappa

Yoji Ueda (SERVAMP‘s Toru Shirota) as Chop Chop Master Onion

The series is running to celebrate the PaRappa franchise’s 20th anniversary, and the 15th of the anime which aired on Fuji TV in 2001. Doga Kobo, the studio behind Himoto! Umaru-chan, is handling animation production as it prepares to air its new lazy anime Gabriel Dropout. The original PlayStation game from NanaOn-Sha was released in 1996, and Rodney Alan Greenblat is now renowned as the cult iconic characters’ creator and  designer.

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