What You Need to Know:
- Ellation, the transformative media company home to industry-leading brands Crunchyroll and VRV, are excited to announce that they've officially launched Ellation Studios and the first Crunchyroll Originals series titled, “High Guardian Spice.”
- Ellation’s original content efforts will include production facilities in Burbank and Tokyo devoted to creating and developing new original shows for the Crunchyroll and VRV communities. Margaret Dean, former GM of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and current president of Women in Animation, has been named head of studio for the new division. Dean is charged with developing originals for both brands, including overseeing production for “High Guardian Spice,” the first-ever Crunchyroll Original Series, which is slated to premiere in 2019.
- Raye Rodriguez, a lifelong anime fan, is the creator of “High Guardian Spice” and his production team features an all-female writing room, along with a diverse and passionate group of artists and creatives. Audu Paden, director of the “Animaniacs” and other beloved animated series, joins Rodriguez as mentor.
- The “High Guardian Spice” creative team will appear at this year’s Crunchyroll Expo, a Crunchyroll convention celebrating the best of Japanese animation and pop culture. The panel, taking place on Saturday in San Jose, will feature Margaret Dean, series creator Raye Rodriguez, Supervising Director Audu Paden, and Story Editor Amalia Levari as they discuss new series.
Source: Official Press Release
High Guardian Spice | Coming 2019
In “High Guardian Spice,” the lives of four fierce girls, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Parsley, converge at High Guardian Academy, the one place where they can stumble towards adulthood while becoming the heroes they've always admired. As they master the ways of battle and sorcery, our foursome form allegiances and comical kinships, uncover legacies and betrayals, and discover their true identities while preparing to protect the world from an ominous unknown threat.
Crunchyroll Originals aims to elevate animation as a medium for storytelling, as most animated series in western culture is geared towards kids or comedy. Our fans grew up watching anime, and today anime inspires creators from around the world and influences so much of broader pop culture. We look to tell distinct, impactful stories best executed in the medium of animation from a global creative community who is inspired by anime. said Kun Gao, founder and General Manager of Crunchyroll. With this in mind, we are excited to introduce more shows and announce the rest of our slate in the coming weeks.