Raise your hand high if you are familiar with the names such as Vanness, Froggy, Bepop and Aditas? If you are, you are highly eligible to apply for veteran discount. Sike! Seriously though if you do, you should be very excited because they are coming to our screen.
A creator driven studio by the name of Lil Critter Workshop has acquired the rights from publishing giant Kadokawa Gempak Starz (Gempak Starz) to develop comic series ‘Lawak Kampus’ into an anime TV series. Ever since its release in 2003, the comic created by Keith Chong, has gained the readership of 150,000 in Malaysia.
‘Lawak Kampus’ is a story of three best friends and their school mates as they learn to navigate essential life skills at school. The comic also touches the issue surrounding teenagers these days.
The ‘Lawak Kampus’ anime TV series will be targeting kids and families in the Asia Pacific territories, in ten-minute laugh out loud episodes. The series intends to explore the themes of relationships, inclusion, self-acceptance during one’s school years.
“The folks here at Kadokawa Gempak Starz are highly anticipating the production of ‘Lawak Kampus.’ We have full faith in the creatives at Lil Critter Workshop when it comes to transforming our legendary comic for TV audiences,” said Chris Yew, CEO of Kadokawa Gempak Starz.
‘Lawak Kampus’ is a welcoming challenge to the team at Lil Critter Workshop with beyond 6.5 million copies in Malaysia alone. The studio brags on a portfolio of seven IPs on its slate in just six years which also provides animation services to the USA and the UK.
The Globehopper, Outlaw Dark and Buck+Buddy are some of Lil Critter Workshop’s significant productions to which the studio has produced over 447 episodes of animation.
The anime TV series is expected to attract a large-scale audience of not just children but adults as well in the Asia Pacific region and beyond based on the demand and the current market for the anime industry as well as the existing fanbase of the comic itself.
This is good news for the fans of ‘Lawak Kampus’ throughout the country. An adaptation of a comic can be a very idea and can be too underwhelming too. Hopefully, the anime series will be just as good as comics are.