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Dr. Slump-arale Celebrates 30th Anniversary

2011 will be the year of the re-launch of the famous anime series DR. SLUMP-ARALE, Property that was already a hit in the Spanish autonomous regions where it was broadcasted in the 80s - 90s and beginning of 2000.

Press Release from Toei Animation

BARCELONA (March 24, 2011) – 2011 will be the year of the re-launch of the famous anime series DR. SLUMP-ARALE, Property that was already a hit in the Spanish autonomous regions where it was broadcasted in the 80s - 90s and beginning of 2000. The re-launching of the Property is supported by several key licensee agreements, which will help move the franchise forward with their respective products.

DR. SLUMP-ARALE partners to date are:

-          SAVOR (EMON): They have acquired the DVD and TV rights for Spain. In May the first packs of DVDs containing episodes in Spanish, Catalan and original Japanese version (with subtitles) will be released, and so on during the rest of the year. Also, the sales of the broadcast rights of the series are under negotiation with several Spanish channels.

-          PULL & BEAR: The Spanish top fashion retailer part of Inditex group will launch a T-Shirts line this spring, both for men and women, in their about 300 stores in Spain and Portugal.

-          SD TOYS: This leading company in merchandising for adults will launch, from the second semester of the year, a collection of items such as PVC and anti-stress figures of the characters from DR. SLUMP-ARALE, as well as cups, fridge magnets, pins, etc. -          PLANETA DE AGOSTINI: This publishing company is the licensee of the DR. SLUMP-ARALE comics. The title is one of their leading sales among manga titles. During 2011 they will publish up to 6 new volumes of their collection.

In the same way, licenses for collectible products for news-stands, bags and accessories, gift items, etc, are being negotiated with other companies.

DR. SLUMP - ARALE is a TV series based on the manga comic of the same title whose author, Akira Toriyama, is also the creator of the famous saga Dragon Ball. Since the animated series was produced in 1981, it has been broadcasted around the world throughout its now 30-year history.

The Licensor of DR. SLUMP-ARALE is TOEI ANIMATION and the Licensing Agent for Spain is Edebé Audiovisual Licensing.

About Toei Animation Europe, SAS:With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Founded in 2004, Toei Animation Europe, is in charge of the distribution and exploitation of Toei Animation’s animated series in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Among its most famous series: Captain Harlock, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Sailormoon, Digimon Adventure, One Piece, etc.

About Edebe Audiovisual, SLEdebe, founded in 1888, is one of the main Publishing Companies in Spain and Latin America. Edebé Audiovisual was created to diversify the business and promote the production and exploitation of animation series.

At the end of 2008, Edebé incorporates in its structure a Licensing department, in order to enhance and diversify the exploitation of their properties and to become an agent of third party properties worldwide. In this short period of time, Edebé Audiovisual Licensing has become an established licensing agency thanks to the good performance of its properties, business growth, young and professional team and dynamism.

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