Originally created by Osaka-based artist Mori Chack, GLOOMY BEAR first debuted as a character in the year 2000. The appeal of GLOOMY and his owner PITY's unusual relationship – full of cuteness, violence, and surprising emotional depth – led to a wave of GLOOMY merchandise and high-profile collaborations in Japan and in the West. But despite such success, there’s never been a GLOOMY BEAR anime series… UNTIL NOW!
The new TV anime series Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly is set to begin broadcasting every Monday at 12:57am starting on April 12 on the Tokyo MX network. If you’re not in Japan, no problem! Episodes of Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly will also be shared globally via GLOOMY's SNS, including YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
Veteran actor Kōichi Yamadera (the voice of Spike Spiegel in the Cowboy Bebop anime) has been cast in the lead role of GLOOMY, while Natsuki Hanae (the voice of Tanjiro Kamado in the smash-hit anime series Demon Slayer) has been cast as GLOOMY's young owner PITY. The pair lent their vocal talents to a a promotional video for GLOOMY BEAR's 20th anniversary released last December.
And here's the first official images from the Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly series, debuting on April 12!