Winter Sonata Anime Episode 0’s Previews Streamed

The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Korean drama Winter Sonata (Fuyu no Sonata) has begun streaming three preview videos for the anime’s episode 0. The preview videos come in a three-minute version, a one-minute version with the song “Hajime kara Ima made (Piano Version),” and another one-minute versionwith the song “Believe you” by Yoonji.

The original 2002 drama follows a girl named Yu Jin Jung and her male classmate Joon Sang Kang as tragedy and angst befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. The 2004 Japanese broadcast triggered the ongoing “Korean wave” of pop culture in Japan and turned the lead actor Yong Joon Baeinto a superstar among Japanese female viewers. The Japanese publisher Ohzora Publishing Co.eventually imported and translated the drama’s manhwa adaptation under the title Winter Love Song.

The videos feature voice-acting by the two main leads from the original drama, Bae (Kang) and Ji Woo Choi (Jung). Bae had agreed to reprise his role as part of the 2007-2008 deal that gave his Key East company’s production credit for the anime, and Choi agreed to join the cast shortly thereafter. The anime will premiere on the Skyper! SkyChan HD and DATV channel in Japan on October 17.


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