In July, Akita Cable Television (CNA) started an online show of a new anime character, “Akita Inu Tare-mimi-Dai-chan.” Dai-chan has a shy and hetare (timid) personality to humans but can be bullish to dogs.
Dai-chan is a red-haired chubby Akita dog with a large tail. The left ear is drooping, but when motivated, it stands up.
The anime is about 1 minute per episode and four new episodes per month will be added to the website. The episodes include moments like the dropping of a glass vessel from the shelf with the dog’s tail shaking in sync to the music, and posing next to the statue of Hachiko, a famous faithful dog, to get more attention.
CNA modeled Dai-chan after the real Akita dog “Daisuke” that the company keeps in-house. The company is working on preserving and protecting Akita dogs in collaboration with the general incorporated association “ONE FOR AKITA.” “I want to create an opportunity to feel closer to Akita dogs through anime that parents and children can enjoy,” said a CNA representative.
In the future, CNA will produce and sell Dai-chan character goods, and a portion of the sales will go towards Akita dog preservation activities. “Akita Inu Tare-mimi-Dai-chan” is available to watch for free on the website: https://akitainubito.com/