It turned out that the animation “Thomas the Tank Engine” series has been entirely renewed for the first time in 12 years and will start in 22 as “Series 25”. In addition to the familiar characters, Kana, a new character from Japan, will appear (a complete renewal since the 13 series, which became a full CG version. The work was released in 2009 in the United Kingdom and the United States and in 2010 in Japan).
The fully renewed Series 25 is a 2D look animation packed with unprecedented comical and acrobatic expressions and catchy songs. Kana joins the leading members, and Thomas and his friends run vigorously on “Sodor Island,” which is the stage of the story.
In addition to familiar popular characters, a new series with new characters is scheduled to appear one after another. Thomas, Percy, Kana, Near, and Diesel have been announced.
‘THOMAS Thomas’ is A small blue locomotive that is mischievous and mischievous
‘PERCY Percy’ A small green locomotive that gives courage in case of emergency
‘KANA Kana’ A super express train that runs swift Girl’s train
‘NIA Nia’ A locomotive that is very kind to everyone around you and loves music
‘DIESEL Diesel’ A diesel locomotive that I like mischievous but cooperates with everyone
“Thomas the Tank Engine,” which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its original publication in 2020, appeared in the “The Railway Series” series drawn by British minister Wilbert Awdry and became a popular character. It was filmed in 1984 by British film producer Britt Allcroft and had more than 500 episodes to date, broadcast in more than 230 regions and 67 languages worldwide.
In recent years, we have been developing by taking advantage of the educational effects children can expect from coming into contact with the world of Thomas, such as SDGs planning, research on non-cognitive ability, and holding STEAM educational theme events. Taking the opportunity of the renewal of the animation, it has been announced that it aims to appeal to a wide range of targets by strengthening license development and sales promotion centering on apparel and toys for unisex, everyday miscellaneous goods, and food.