Saudi Arabia, September: Today, Manga Productions, a subsidiary of the Mohammed Bin Salman Charitable Foundation (Misk), announced a partnership with Virgin Megastore, under which it will manufacture products for the Saudi anime series “Future Folktales” in Japanese style and the movie “The Journey” Which will be announced soon, provided that these products will be available for purchase in all Virgin Megastore branches in the Kingdom as of 2021.
This partnership comes after the launch of the series “Future Folktales” last January, which is the first Saudi series to be produced in cooperation with ” Toei Animation”, one of the oldest and most well-known Japanese studios in this field. The series, which consists of 13 episodes, takes place in the future in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it presents the most wonderful Arabian heritage stories that have been transmitted by people since ancient times and narrated by Grandma Asma to her grandchildren and their robot cat, “Anis”. The series achieved seventy million views and was shown across platforms in the Arab world, America, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Issam Bukhari, CEO of Manga Productions, said: “Our partnership with Virgin Megastore comes within our strategic plan that aims to target youth and emerging generations in the virtual and realistic worlds with high-quality content and products that are internationally competitive in addition to working to create an environment. Integrated into the Kingdom and the Arab world, it is concerned with developing creative and positive content for future generations and exporting Saudi culture to the world in an attractive and innovative format.
Mohamed Ramadan, CEO of Virgin Megastore, said: “We are proud to support the work that Manga Productions is doing, which will contribute to the development of the creative and innovation sector in the Kingdom. We are always looking for ways in which we can help the communities that we work in, and contribute to spreading its culture locally and internationally, and this partnership is only the first step in a series of future cooperation initiatives that will bring the two companies together to serve this sector, which is witnessing success in Saudi Arabia.
Virgin Megastore will manufacture products for the local “Future Folktales” series, and “The Journey” movie, which has received great demand from the Saudi and Arab audiences. These products will be available in all Virgin Megastore branches in the Kingdom as of 2021.
Manga Productions continues to provide creative content and the production of animation and video games with a targeted message that delivers the Saudi message to the global audience through distinguished professional work. The company aims to be a regional and global leader in the production of innovative and purposeful content that contributes to inspiring future champions.