To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Tatsunoko Productions, a long-established Japanese animation production studio, an original live-action drama DORONJO that depicting the past of Doronjo, one of the main villains from the popular anime series Yatterman, will be aired on the premium satellite television station WOWOW. The broadcast schedule and main cast members will be announced at a later date.
As the second installment in the time travel-themed Time Bokan anime franchise, Yatterman was aired for 108 episodes (the longest in the franchise) from 1977 to 1979. It was previously adapted in to alive-action feature film directed by Takashi Miike (Terra Formars, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I) in 2009. Kyoko Fukada (Osaki in Mission Impossible: Samurai) played the tole of Doronjo in the film.
The drama depicts Doronjo’s young days, shortly before she formed the Dorombo gang, when she was in a fierce situation but struggling to survive. Doronjo, a sad yet beautiful solitary woman, reveals her spectacular past and the way she lived her life, which led her to become involved in evil. And the theme of “What is goodness? What is evil?” is pursued.
“Yatterman” anime DVD jacket featuring the three members of the Dorombo gang:
Tatsunoko Production 60th anniversary memorial visual: