Poplar Bunko announced on Friday that Yutaka Hara‘s Kaiketsu Zorori children’s book series is inspiring a new anime film titled Kaiketsu Zorori: Lalala♪ Star Tanjō (A Star Is Born, a reference to the American films of the same name) that will open in Japan in December. The film will be based on the 2019 Kaiketsu Zorori: Star Tanjō book, but will have a new take on the story. The story will center on Zorori’s encounter with a girl named Hipopo, who wants to be a star, but is unable to sing for a certain reason.
This will be the first new anime film in the franchise since 2017’s Kaiketsu Zorori: ZZ no Himitsu, and it marks the franchise‘s 35th anniversary.
Bandai Namco Pictures and Ajia-do will again produce the animation. Atsuhiro Tomioka, the main writer for the previous two Kaiketsu Zorori television anime, is returning to pen the film’s script. Kōhei Tanaka, who has composed the music for previous entries in the franchise, is returning to score the film.
Kōichi Yamadera, Rikako Aikawa, Motoko Kumai, and Yuuki Kaji will return from the earlier television anime as Zorori, Ishishi, Noshishi, and Beat, respectively.
Hara’s books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the “King of Pranks.” Zorori aims to “build his own castle and make a beautiful princess his wife,” and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi.
Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori), the new television anime for the franchise, premiered its third series on NHK Educational on April 6.
This anime series that premiered in April 2020 was the first television anime of the books in 13 years. The show featured episodes with stories that did not appear in the previous books and adaptations. The anime also featured the new, original character Beat, Zorori’s rival.
The anime’s second series premiered on NHK E-TV in April 2021.
Hara began the book series in 1987. The books inspired a 1993 film, a 2004-2005 television anime series, another television anime from 2005 to 2007, and a second film in 2006. The earlier films were short works that screened with other anime, but the series then inspired four feature-length films in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
Sources: Kaiketsu Zorori: Lalala♪ Star Tanjō film’s website, Comic Natalie