RIYADH: Saudi company Manga Productions has put out the first official trailer of the upcoming “Grendizer” series titled “Grendizer U,” which is set to be released next year.
Created by Japanese manga artist Go Nagai, Grendizer is a robot anime that follows Duke Fleed, who decides to fight King Vega and his army using the Grendizer to save the earth.
It is favorite among 56 percent of people aged 40 and over, according to a YouGov survey conducted by Arab News Japan.
Manga Productions is a Saudi animation production company that focuses on developing animations and video games.
— Grendizer U (@GrendizerAnime) December 10, 2023
The firm released a short teaser for the show in August which revealed that the anime will be directed by Mitsuo Fukuda, who previously worked on “Future GPX Cyber Formula,” and written by Ichiro Okouchi, who worked on “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.”
The official trailer, released on Sunday, introduced the voice actors for the first time. Miyu Irino, who voiced Haku in Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away,” will play the main protagonist Duke Fleed, while Hiro Shimono, the voice of Dabi in “My Hero Academia,” will play Kouji Kabuto.
The original soundtrack will be composed by Kohei Tanaka, the co-composer of “One Piece.” Japanese rock bands Glay and Band-Maid will perform the opening and ending songs of the show.
Yeah this is gonna be good.
Especially if you get Band-Maid for the ED song. https://t.co/7KRYY0jHHo
— Shock Man (@YouWaShockMan) December 10, 2023
In a post on X, Essam Bukhary, CEO of Manga Productions, said: “This series marks a significant milestone as Manga Productions takes on the global distribution and licensing responsibilities for events … presenting a unique opportunity among Arab and Middle Eastern companies.
“With our skilled team and exceptional talents, we eagerly anticipate achieving international success and introducing ‘Grendizer U’ to our global audience,” he added.
We are delighted to announce, in collaboration with our partners, the release of the promotional trailer for the anime series "Grendizer U" from Manga Productions. This series marks a significant milestone as Manga Productions takes on the global distribution and licensing… https://t.co/Et3oEnZFQZ
— د. عصام أمان الله بخاري .Essam Bukhary, Dr (@essambukhary) December 10, 2023
Fans of the show have been posting positive reviews on social media regarding the trailer and were looking forward to the appearance of the character Mazinger.
— いそみん (@isomin23577) December 10, 2023
Manga Productions has also collaborated with Microids, a French video-game company, on a Grendizer video game titled “UFO Robot Grendizer: The Feast of the Wolves,” which was released on Nov. 15.
Alain Milly, Microids’ vice president of publishing and former video-game journalist, told Arab News Japan that it was the first time the firm had released a video game in Arabic.
He said: “Manga Productions helped us a lot, and they managed all the Arabic translations and voiceovers in the game. We are managing the integration, and it is a little tricky sometimes as it is the first time we have produced a game in Arabic.”
Originially published in Arab News Japan