BMG Japan tunes up anime project


TOKYO -- Music label BMG Japan is teaming with Production I.G. on the animated title "Tokyo Marble Chocolate."

The project will see real-life pop duo Sukimaswitch (Takuya Ohashi and Shintaro Tokita) and hip-hop artist Seamo turned into animated characters, the companies said Friday.

Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani, "Chocolate" is scheduled to premiere at the 20th annual Tokyo International Film Festival, which begins its eight-day run Oct. 20, before being released on DVD in Japan in early December.

Shiotani won acclaim for the hybrid animation techniques he employed in "Blood+," which was in competition at the Holland Animation Film Festival.

Production I.G.'s Kyoji Asano will be in charge of animation direction and the characters are being designed by manga artist Fumiko Tanikawa.