Netflix unveils the trailer for their live-action Japanese series Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure, starring Sanrio's iconic lazy egg.
The official trailer for Netflix's Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure brings the iconic Sanrio character into a live-action universe. Gudetama is one of the most popular new characters from the Sanrio line. He was created in 2013 by artist Nagashima Emi, who stylizes her name as AMY, and took second place in a contest Sanrio held for new characters based on food items. The character is depicted as a wobbly egg yolk resting on the whites as if they are a sleeping mat, clearly too tired to bother getting up.
Gudetama has previously appeared in animated form on the Japanese morning show Morning chance! and in a series of one-minute shorts that has lasted for over 1000 episodes. However, in the United States, he is largely recognized for his merchandise rather than any specific cultural product, similar to other Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty. Gudetama keychains, cups, bowls, plushes, and more have been sold to many customers who relate to his adorable apathy. However, Gudetama will be making his global Netflix debut with their new series, Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure, which debuts on the streaming service on December 13.
Yesterday at their TUDUM fan event for Japan, Netflix unveiled the official trailer for Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure. The trailer also introduces a live-action version of another character in the Gudetama universe: Shakipiyo, a hatched chick from a fertilized egg with an eggshell still attached. As both Shakipiyo and Gudetama are eggs with minds of their own, they set off on an adventure to find their mother, the chicken, though Gudetama predictably doesn't really feel like making the trek.
So far, not much has been officially announced about Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure, but this trailer does reveal quite a bit about what fans can expect. First, there will be a substantial live-action cast that includes Sarutoki Minagawa of 2006's Death Note, Akiyoshi Nakao of Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Serena Motola of Voices in the Wind. Akiyoshi's character, it seems, is on a mission to eat Gudetama, though he may be won over by the character before the series is over. In addition to the human cast, there will also be more CGI characters, largely different food products who, like Gudetama, seem to have somewhat resigned themselves to their fate of being eaten.