Gkids Acquires ‘Dan Da Dan’, Popular Shonen Jump Manga-Turned-Anime For North American Distribution

Gkids has acquired theatrical, videogram and digital transactional rights to the new anime series Dan Da Dan. The acquisition serves as Gkids’ first engagement with a first-run series, following North American distribution of various famed retrospective series work. No release date is set.

Based on the popular manga by Yukinobu Tatsu, Dan Da Dan is a TV adaptation of a manga being serialized in Shōnen Jump Plus by Shueisha. The film marks the directorial debut of Fuga Yamashiro and is the latest series from animation studio Science SARU (The Colors Within, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off) with original music from Kensuke Ushio (Chainsaw Man).

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The story follows high schoolers Momo, who is from a family of spirit mediums, and Okarun, an occult freak. As the two compete to disprove the existence of the other’s passion, they get caught up in an encounter of both the spiritual and paranormal, imbuing both teenagers with powers beyond belief.

“After years of championing feature animation and the occasional classic series, Gkids is thrilled to join in the release of our first-ever new animated series,” said Gkids President David Jesteadt. “We could not think of better partners than MBS and the artist geniuses at Science SARU, who we have had the fortune of working with on many films before. Dan Da Dan has been an office-favorite manga since its beginning, and we look forward to helping fans discover this vital new series later this fall.”

Dan Da Dan is the sixth Gkids title from studio Science SARU, following local releases of Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Ride Your Wave, the Golden Globe-nominated Inu-Oh and most recently The Colors Within.

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