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Animate yourself a la UrumaDelvi

by Yoko Hani

A n exhibition of works by UrumaDelvi, who created the popular TV character “Oshirikajiri-mushi,” will be held March 1 to 16 at Parco Factory in Tokyo’s Shibuya.

Oshirikajiri-mushi (“buttock-biting insect”) first hit the airwaves in June last year on an NHK program and became very popular among children and parents. Oshirikajiri-mushi was even nominated as the buzzword of the year for 2007 by the editors of Gendai Yogo no Kisochishiki (Encyclopedia of Comtemporary Words).

Since their debut in 1992, the animation duo UrumaDelvi have created animations and illustrations for TV programs, Web sites and other publications.

Titled “A La Mode,” this exhibition collects their numerous animation works, which are cute and funny and make viewers happy, according to the organizers.

In the venue, visitors can both enjoy animations and illustrations designed by UrumaDelvi and also paint by themselves using “UrumaDelvi Paint,” a software application created by the animator duo.

In the UrumaDelvi Theater, visitors can enjoy the duo’s animations on a huge screen.

Also in the exhibition, original Oshirikajiri-mushi T-shirts, DVDs, books and other character items will be sold.

“A La Mode” at Parco Factory, on the 6th floor of Shibuya Parco Part 1, will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from March 1 to 16. On March 16, the exhibition will close at 6 p.m. Admission is ¥300 for adults, ¥200 for students, and free for elementary students and younger children. For more information, visit www.parco-art.com.