Crazy about anime? Animax made its debut in South East Asia launching the anime version of Winter Sonata, the drama popular in Korea now in the Philippines. Held at the Korean Cultural Center in Bonifacio Global City, the leading animation channel celebrated the arrival of this much-awaited series by the stellar piano performance of Animax's very own Ani-mate, Alodia Gosiengfiao who played the iconic show's theme, "From the Beginning Til end".
Members of the media and anime bloggers watched the first two episodes of the animation series during the said event. Ms. Maria Ong, Marketing Manager of Animax Asia was also present gracing the event which featured mini-contest and late-luncheon. Ms. Ong flew all the way from Singapore for the said launch which allowed the press to have intimate interviews about the said show.
Winter Sonata, the much-anticipated animated adaptation brings back 23 of the original cast members, Bae Yong Jun as Kong Joon-Sang and Choi Ji Woo as Yung Yu-Jin, to play the same characters they did on the popular K-drama.
The anime version of the said show draws much of its visuals from the original version including the memorable episodes and looks of the characters, with actually more scenes in the anime reminiscent of its original version.
What's new about the anime version? Fans can look forward to the conclusion featuring new live-action drama epilogue not aired during the original drama series.
Winter Sonata was based don the 2002 original Korean sensations that captured the hearts of millions worldwide. The anime version tells the tragic love story of Jung Yu-Jin and Kang Joon Sang who met and became friends in high school. With twists and conflict in the series of events that led to a romantic relationship, the struggle to make love last despite tragedy who tested their faith to each other becomes exciting as one accident left Yu-Jin believing that Joon Sang was dead while the later had his memory erased. The particular interesting conflict and circumstances popular of Korean drama draws attention of most Filipino teenagers to religiously follow the said show and the anime version will surely be an instant hit in the airwaves. Truly romantic, exciting and creative, Winter Sonata anime version is clean of any suggestive mature content we will all prescribe to, even those young-at-heart. The show premieres on September 20, 2011 at 6:50pm. Regular showing is during weekdays at 7:00pm only on Animax.