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Asataro, the Onion Samurai! starts on TV Asahi at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, and on BS Asahi at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 21 2008.

asataro.jpg Toei Animation Co., Ltd. is producing the new TV series of Asataro, the Onion Samurai!. The series starts on TV Asahi at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, and on BS Asahi at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2007. Asataro, the Onion Samurai! (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.) is authored by picture-book writer Kazuyoshi Iino. Since its first publication in 1999, the thrilling samurai story featuring the essence of Japanese Rokyoku has broken new ground for picture books and has created a sensation among children and adults alike. The television version of Asataro, the Onion Samurai! relates the heartwarming episodes of Asataro and his comrades as they embark on a journey. His friends include a garlic mate, Nikichi, and a cheerful ninja girl, Komomo, among others. Komomo only appears in the animated version. These attractive vegetable-based characters add more fun to the matatabi–style or wandering journey style of samurai animation, packed with swordfights, jokes, witty retorts and gourmet delights. Asataro, the Onion Samurai! has created very high expectations, and with good justification!

(C)KAZUYOSHI IINO/FUKUINKAN SHOTEN, TOEI ANIMATION