Puka Puka Juju (2012)

Director:Hiroshi Kawamata Producer:Yukari Kiso Screenplay by:Yasutoshi Murakawa Music:Kazumi Ishibashi
Character Design: Kaho Suzuki
Art Director: Toshiharu Mizutani Animation Director: Kaho Suzuki

Sound Director: Keiichi Momose Director of Photography: Shinji Saito Running time:24 min Country:Japan 

Language:Japanese Genre:Slice of Life  Subtitle:English/  Starring: Emiri Katō as Mika, Kikumi Umeda as Juju,

Akemi Okamura as Mama, Kaori Mizuhashi as Mimika-sama, Kenta Miyake as Papa,Rokuro Naya as Kame Jiiya




Plot Summary: Mika is a young girl who wishes to go to the beach with her father on the weekend, but is unable due to his work and his fear of the ocean. Bummed out once again, she is cheered up by Juju, her inflatable manatee.

Puka Puka Juju is one of the four anime works that each received 38 million yen (about US$470,000) from the "2011 Young Animator Training Project." Just like in 2010, the animation labor group received 214.5 million yen (US$2.65 million) from the Japanese government''s Agency for Cultural Affairs, and it distributed most of those funds to studios who train young animators on-the-job.