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Random Musings – Tokyo Marble Chocolate Edition

Tokyo Marble Chocolate is an upcoming two-episode “pure” love story OVA being animated by Production I.G in conjunction with BMG Japan. It involves a boy and a girl who have both been unsuccessful with relationships and their tumultuous first Christmas together, told from their separate points of view. The director is Shiotani Naoyoshi who has previously worked on Blood+’s artsy third OP and Le Chevalier D’Eon, and the cast includes the likes of Sakurai Takahiro (Suzaku in CODE GEASS), Mizuki Nana (Fate in Nanoha), and Inoue Marina (Yoko in Gurren Lagann).

The art style reminds me a ton of Honey and Clover because it has that same watercolor feel, but the main selling point for me is that the story is inspired by two songs that I love – SEAMO‘s Mata Aimashou and Sukima Switch‘s Zenryoku Shounen. Did I mention there’s a mini-donkey character in it too? The OVAs aren’t due out until December 19th, but there was a music video released this week using Mata Aimashou and clips from the animation. I haven’t been able to keep the song out of my head, and the OVA looks like it’s going to be really good, so I’m looking forward to seeing it in two weeks.

Watch the music video!

December 7, 2007 at 10:30 pm
  • December 7, 2007 at 10:46 pmKirin

    Thanks Omni, now Mata Aimashou is stuck in my head now and I know I’ve heard it somewhere else before but I can’t recall where! Anyways, seems like a nice, heartwarming OVA and I’ll be looking forward to it as Christmas comes closing in.

  • December 7, 2007 at 10:50 pmluigicapeto

    hmmm it seems interesting, cant wait to see it =]

  • December 7, 2007 at 10:55 pmShreya

    i like the story>> but i think the art could be better >> it is 2007 you know xD

  • December 7, 2007 at 10:56 pmDeadlyrain

    Well my only complaint is that the girl looks a bit… well… awkward when she tears up.

  • December 7, 2007 at 11:13 pmgolthin

    hmmm! looks like the type of love story i like! Can’t wait for them to release it!

  • December 7, 2007 at 11:29 pmshirokiryuu

    That donkey that scares me. o___O I think real ones are cuter.

    I think I might check this out, I’ve been wanting a nice love story that’s not stereotypical shoujo drama.

  • December 7, 2007 at 11:49 pmKaioshin Sama

    I still can’t get used to those Production I.G character designs. I know it’s an I.G if the characters look strange to me. I wonder if the washed out colour pallette is trying to invoke a certain atmosphere though.

  • December 8, 2007 at 12:12 ampolar bear

    Their character’s faces seem to be so pale……..The character design for this one doesn’t seem to be appealing to me.What’s with the pink cheeks anyway,it reminds me of people in Chinese Opera or BabaNyonya in Malacca,lol.

    But since this is a Production I.G anime,i might look out for this.Ah…..at least Sakurai Takahiro is there too

  • December 8, 2007 at 1:07 amBROOKLYN otaku

    TOKYO? MARBLE? CHOCOLATE? some thing new……. . .interesting

  • December 8, 2007 at 3:30 amperson

    I saw the website for it around a month ago. It looks very pretty. Definitely checking this out.

  • December 8, 2007 at 4:34 amF.AlZaabi

    I think i’ll watch this one .. i love to watch love story .. and they remind me of Honey and Clover .. =3

  • December 8, 2007 at 5:00 ambuta_hill

    cant wait eather. design of the characters look like honey and clover anyway i’m loooking forward to it ^^

  • December 8, 2007 at 5:16 amDiabolikul

    the story is good but the animation sucks

  • December 8, 2007 at 8:17 amgmdeath

    looks good,, the songs not bad,, but…. the art could have used some more work.

  • December 8, 2007 at 8:18 amgmdeath

    A LOT more work lol XD

  • December 8, 2007 at 11:35 amOri

    the girl is pretty cute. The guy needs some work.

  • December 8, 2007 at 1:57 pmwolfx

    I love Sukima Switch’s Zenryoku Shounen too! What makes you say this show is inspired by the song? Is it the OP/ED?

  • December 8, 2007 at 5:59 pmkwon

    Everyone’s bashing the animation style- I saw it, thought Studio 4c and got all excited until I found out it wasn’t. Regardless, I trust Prod. I.G’s more experimental side to captivate me.

  • December 11, 2007 at 7:16 pmDigital Millenium Copyright Act

    Looks to a gid XMAS!!!

  • December 15, 2007 at 6:02 amtresor

    Thanks Omni! Really looking forward to this one. Got another song to go w/ it. Radio Free Europe: Armin Van Buuren State of Trance 324 @minute 22. Legal Download at your favourite places & iTunes Podcasts.