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Kaitou Reinya – Winter Anime Preview

Posted on: November 11, 2009

Yeah, this is going to end well.KBC TV announced today that Kaitou Reinya (“Phantom Thief Reinya”) will join its anime lineup in January. The show adapts a series of 4-panel comedy comics about a girl named Reinya, who works at a convenience store next to the police station by day and moonlights as an infamously elusive cat burglar by night. The extra twist to this familiar formula (see: Kaitou Saint Tail, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) is that Reinya is based on a real girl named Tanaka Reina, who is a member of the well-known girl-pop group Morning Musume.

What you anime young’uns out there might not now is that this is merely the latest example of a long tradition of turning pop idols into anime characters, so you shouldn’t just dismiss this as a crass marketing ploy. More on the older shows, including some ’80s tunes, after the jump.

You see, back in the ’80s, Studio Pierrot – yes, the same Studio Pierrot that animates Naruto Shippuden today – was well known for its magical girl shows that starred popular idol singers. Oota Takako voiced the main characters and performed the opening themes for both Magical Angel Creamy Mami (1983) and Magical Star Magical Emi (1985), while Shiga Takako did the same for Magical Idol Pastel Yumi (1986). After Pastel Yumi, Pierrot didn’t do another Idol/magical girl crossover until 1998’s Magical Stage Fancy Lala, which starred Aihara Rei. All of these girls in their times were hit pop acts, and most of the shows turned out fine (okay, Magical Emi wasn’t that good).

So, Kaitou Reinya should be fine as long as the humor of the manga remains intact, and if Tanaka Reina is a better actress than she is a singer. Okay, low blow, I admit it.

Check out some music videos for the opening songs of these old shows, and wallow in the ’80s goodness!

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2 Responses to "Kaitou Reinya – Winter Anime Preview"

Now I miss the old days. Maybe I’ll go watch some Cardcaptor Sakura or Sailor Moon.

[…] covers everything from Mazinger Z to Gatchaman), and Oota Takako (who you may remember from Creamy Mami) featuring prominently on the […]

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