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    CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN - Press Notes For New Anime Series

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    The latest entry in the long-running Godzilla series, the anime CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ちびゴジラの逆襲, Chibi Gojira no Gyakushū), will premiere in Japan at 7:00am on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The show is part of the TV Tokyo station's Iniminimanimo (eeny, meeny, miney, mo) block of children's programming.

    Chibi Godzilla was introduced in 2018 as part of the lead-in for Godzilla's 65th anniversary the following year. He was designed by Chiharu Sakazaki, a popular illustrator known for Suica Penguin (Suicaのペンギン, Suika no Pengin), a character appearing on East Japan Railway Company’s prepaid IC cards, and Chiba Prefecture's mascot Chi-ba+kun (チーバくん).  Chibi Godzilla  is intended to be an "introductory Godzilla" that younger children can relate to and hopefully become the first step in creating future generations of Godzilla fans. The cute monster has already been featured in a collection of books, a web series, and merchandising.

     CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN is directed by Takehito Shinkai, creator of the anime AWARE! MEISAKU-KUN (あはれ!名作くん, Ahare! Meisaku-kun, 2016-22). Production of the series is being handled by Toho and  Pie in the sky, the studio behind PONKOTSU QUEST (ポンコツクエスト~魔王と派遣の魔物たち~,  Ponkotsukuesuto ~ Maō to Haken no Mamono-tachi ~, 2013-present). Chiharu Sakazaki is in charge of character design.




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    ▼ Chibi Godzilla (Character Voice: Jun Fukuyama)

    I'm Jun Fukuyama and I play the role of Chibi Godzilla!!
    Please look forward to the funny and unexplainable counterattack of Chibi Godzilla, who is on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a big monster on Monster Island!!



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    ▼ Chibi Mechagodzilla (Character Voice: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka)

    I think many people have the impression that I'm a bit of a tough guy because I'm Mechagodzilla, but that's not the case!
    I am really a sharp-tongued guy, and I don't think I have ever played such a stubborn role in my life (laughs).
    The story itself is really interesting!
    I hope you will all watch it! Thank you very much!



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    ▼ Chibi Ghidorah (Character Voice: Takuya Eguchi)

    I never thought I'd see the day when I could play King Ghidorah, albeit a small one!
    I remember the day when I was little and cried so hard at the department store because I wanted a big soft vinyl figure of Mecha King Ghidorah.
    Of course, I'm playing three roles!
    Thank you very much for your support!



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    ▼ Chibi Mothra (Character Voice: Rie Takahashi)

    Chibi Mothra-chan in this work is said to be a peace-loving, healing character, but she was, surprisingly, an interesting and well-balanced child who is able to clearly express her thoughts and opinions.
    While wishing for peace in my heart, I'm going to enjoy participating in the dialogue with you all!



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    ▼ Chibi Rodan (Character Voice: Hiro Shimono)

    Chibi Rodan sometimes makes fun of Chibi Godzilla who can't fly, but on the contrary, he is also a tormented character who gets teased by the other monsters.
    I hope you enjoy the heartwarming interactions between these unique Chibi Godzillas!
    Thank you very much!!


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    ▼ Chibi Anguirus (Character Voice: TBA)












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    ▼ Chibi Hedorah (Character Voice: Fumihiko Tachiki)

    The visual of Chibi Godzilla is just too cute and has won my heart. I have a feeling it's going to win the hearts of kids, too!
    I've grown up with monsters of the past, but that super unique monster Hedorah! ~I'm so happy to be able to voice Chibi Hedorah (Hedorah-san?).
    I will raise the average age of the cast and be an elder mood-maker.
    Please look forward to a bright and peaceful Chibi Monster War!



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    ▼ Chibi Biollante (Character Voice: Miyuki Sawashiro)

    "No, no, no, no, you're definitely not from Kansai, are you?" (laughs)
    But I hope that the audience will feel that they want to go talk to her.



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    ▼ Shobijin (older sister) (Character Voice: Reina Ueda)

    The story is a bit comical and addictive, which you would not expect from the cute character design.
    It is a very enjoyable work, so please take a look at it and pay attention to the strong personalities of the Shobijin!


    ▼ Shobijin (younger sister) (Character Voice: Akari Kito)

    I worked hard together with my sister, Reina Ueda, to make this happen!
    The two of us, the elder sister and the younger sister, are one, in other words, we are inseparable!
    The gap between when they speak together and when they speak alone was a lot of fun to play, so please pay attention to it! 

    Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the release of this long-awaited new work.


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    Broadcast Premiere:  7:00am,  Saturday, April 1, 2023 on TV Tokyo Iniminimanimo 

    Chibi Godzilla: Jun Fukuyama
    Chibi Mechagodzilla: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
    Chibi Ghidorah: Takuya Eguchi
    Chibi Mothra: Rie Takahashi
    Chibi Rodan: Hiro Shimono
    Chibi Hedorah: Fumihiko Tachiki
    Chibi Biollante: Miyuki Sawashiro
    Shobijin (elder sister): Reina Ueda
    Shobijin (younger sister): Akari Kito


    ■Production Staff
    Director: Takehito Shinkai (Pie in the sky)
    Screenplay:Taketo Shinkai, Yuki Hirokawa
    Character Design:Chiharu Sakazaki
    Animation: Kakuji, Ari
    Opening Animation: Hiroshi Sakai
    Editing:Mahiro Oyama (Pie in the sky)
    Production: Toho

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