Deneice Leigh, co-founder of Houston’s Anime Matsuri event, announced during a presentation stream (from 9:08 a.m. below) on July 17 that event organizers had cleared the Genbanojō and Zipper! Chimezo (Chuck Shimezō) anime shorts japanese anime. Anime Matsuri dubbed the half-hour short via its own newly established studio, with Vic Mignogna credited for ADR directing and dubbing. The Anime Matsuri 2022 event will host the premieres of the two dubs on July 29 at 8:00 PM CDT. The July 17 stream featured Leigh, Mignogna and Jacob Takanashithe voice of the incumbent leader in Genbanojō.


In addition to Takanashi and Mignogna, English voices listed include: Morgan Berry, Kristal La PorteAshley Nichols, Jeff Johnson, Linda Young, Cynthia Cranz, Tiffany Vollmer, Haileigh Todd, Bryan MasseyCaren Sharpe and Nola Klop. John and Deneice Leigh are the double‘s executive producers. (Anime Matsuri’s ad misspelled Young and Cranz’s names.)

Leigh reported that japanese anime will be at the first screening of the event, along with unspecified members of the English voice cast.

japanese anime confirmed with ANN that it had allowed English double to an affiliate company of Anime Matsuri. While the July 17 announcement listed John Leigh and Deneice Leigh as executive producers, japanese anime confirmed that he had only authorized the double to the organizers of Anime Matsuri.

During his controversial career voice actor Mignogna received multiple allegations of sexual harassment from coworkers and fans/convention attendees, which came to a head in 2019 when Funimation terminated its working relationship with him. Mignogna then sued the two Funimation and voice actor colleagues Jamie Marchi and Monique Rial for defamation. The court later dismissed those lawsuits.

Voice actress Berry declared on Twitter after it was announced that sometimes actors don’t know who they’re working with because they “don’t get a complete list of everyone involved.” Fellow actress Nichols retweeted Berry’s statement.

Anime Matsuri 2022 will take place July 28-31 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Genbanojō and Chuck Shimezō debuted in 2017 and 2019, respectively, as part of the “anime tamago” (Previously “Anime Mirai“) project.

anime tamago describe Genbanojō:

In a cone-shaped land named Kikyōgahara in Shin Province, lives a girl named Hana. She is a sweet girl, who always thinks of her family, especially her great-grandmother Chiyo, whom she affectionately calls “Granny”. One day, a traveling entertainment troupe named the Natsugawa Genzaemon Troupe passes by, and the villagers warmly welcome them. At the end of their performance and after being cheered on, the troupe leader spots Hana with “oyaki”, her favorite food, and turns into a fox in her excitement.

It turns out that Chief Genbanojō and his companions O-Natsu and Shinzaemon are all foxes who have taken on human forms. Genbanojō hastily negotiates with Hana, telling her that in exchange for keeping their secret, he will grant her one wish. She replies, “I want to let my grandmother see the cherry blossoms.”

Takumi Doyama directed the short film. Yu Furukubo was the producer. Hirofumi Nakata was the animation director. Shin Takemoto designed the characters.

anime tamago describe Zipper! Chimezo:

There is an honorable family of zippers youkai which will close any zipper if it finds it open. Their son Chuck Shimezō is currently in training, but has yet to zip a single zipper. One day, he meets a boy named Hiroki, who forgot to zip his wallet and lost 500 yen. They bond by talking about their nagging mothers. Together they run away from home and head to Hiroki’s grandfather’s house, but they are also stuck with Hiroki’s sister, Chie.

Eichiro Nishiyama (animation director for Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan: Italia kara Kita Shōnen, mystery joker) directed the short film. Hirofumi Yamashita served as producer.

The anime shorts train young animators on the job under the “Young Animator Training Project” of the Japanese Government’s Cultural Affairs Agency. The project was previously known as “Anime Mirai.” The Japanese government’s Cultural Affairs Agency launched its “Young Animator Training Project” in 2010 with the aim of fostering the growth of domestic animation studios and addressing the concern that more of the Japanese animation process is outsourced overseas.The project has spawned works such as Little Witch Academy, billiards of death (which inspired the death parade television anime), and Ongaku Shōjo.

Image credit: © NIPPON ANIMATION CO., LTD. / Cultural Affairs AgencyGovernment of Japan AnimeTamago2017

Source: Anime Matsuri Youtube channel, Jacob Takanashitwitter of AccountCorrespondence by email