Reiwa no Di Gi Charat Mini anime releases OP trailer, teases October 2022 debut

Key visual for Di Gi Charat anime.
Key visual for Di Gi Charat anime. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On July 3, 2022, the Di Gi Charat mascot franchise released the creditless version of the opening animation sequence for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat by Bushiroad with Broccoli collaborating. The mini anime celebrates the franchise’s 24th anniversary and will premiere sometime in October 2022.

You can watch the OP trailer on the Di Gi Charat official YouTube channel here:

「令和のデ・ジ・キャラット」ノンクレジットOP映像【10月放送・配信開始】
Official OP trailer for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat.

The trailer features the song “Aimaisa, Kofukuron” (Ambiguity, Theory of Happiness) sung by Japanese singer and songwriter Masami Okui. Visit Masami Okui’s official website on July 4, 2022 in order to be able to download the song via various services.

Character designer, Atsuko Watanabe, drew three new key visuals to promote the upcoming mini anime. The illustrations were inspired by the original home video’s packaging illustrations that were included with the first Di Gi Charat TV series that ran during TBS’s Wonderful programming block in 1999. 

The drama CDs “DUP” and “Black Gemagemadan” that were sold in 2019 will be made available for download once again in August 2022. Starting July 8, 2022, on the official Di Gi Charat YouTube channel you will be able to watch episodes from the original anime series. Three episodes will be released each day with four episodes being released on the final day.

New key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiw no Di Gi Charat.
New key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiw no Di Gi Charat. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

A new adorable character will appear in Reiwa no Di Gi Charat!

Bushirode-no-Mikoto or “Bushi-chan” is Bushiroad’s guardian deity, who was born in 2007 (the company’s founding date). She has a rather demonic appearance with horns, bat-like wings and a tail with a heart-shaped barb at the end.

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A Japanese shrine maiden or “miko” inspired her outfit. Bushi-chan enjoys freshly cooked white rice, mentaiko cod’s roe, and oysters. Her special talent is pro-wrestling! Voice actress Ayasa Ito will be playing Bushi-chan.

Key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat, featuring the new character Bushi-chan.
Key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat, featuring the new character Bushi-chan. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who is part of the production team?

Reiwa no Di Gi Charat’s production team:

  • Director – Hiroaki Sakurai
  • Animation – LIDEN FILMS
  • Character design – Atsuko Watanabe (GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Hanayamata, Valkyria Chronicles)
  • Music production – Bushiroad Music and Fire Works

Koge Donbo is credited with the franchise’s original work and character designs.

New key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat.
New key visual for the upcoming mini anime Reiwa no Di Gi Charat. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the cast members?

Reiwa no Di Gi Charat cast members:

  • Asami Sanada – Di Gi Charat
  • Miyuki Sawashiro – Petit Charat
  • Kyoko Hikami – Rabi~en~Rose
  • Yoshiko Kamei – Gema
  • Megumi Hayashibara – Piyocola Analogue III
  • Kousuke Toriumi – Rik Heisenberg
  • Chihiro Suzuki – Ky Schweitzer
  • Tomo Saeki – Coo Erhard
  • Satomi Akesaka – Brocco-desu
  • Ayasa Ito – Bushirodo-no-Mikoto

Where can I read or watch the original Di Gi Charat?

Di Gi Charat is a Japanese fantasy, shojo manga and anime series created by Koge Donbo. The Di Gi Charat franchise is known for being a trendsetter in “moe” culture. The story centers on a cute, alien-hybrid catgirl named Di Gi Charat “Dejiko”, who wants to be a superstar and works part-time at an anime chain store called Gamers. The retail chain store, Gamers, exists in real life and has adopted Di Gi Charat as their mascot. The original anime and the OVAs are set in a Gamers store. In Japan, there are twenty Gamers stores.

The Di Gi Charat franchise has inspired several specials, OVAs, movies, trading cards and video games. The English dub version of the original 16-episode series, movie and Leave it to Piyoko! special were licensed by Synch-Point for release in North America. In 2013, Sentai Filmworks licensed the original series, its 4 specials, and the Winter Garden special.

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