At last night’s Brandcast, YouTube announced it plan to launch six original programs for its basic ad-supported service. At the same time, it doesn’t plan to slow down content distribution on its premium YouTube Red platform, and the latest series available through that subscription can now be watched. Its an animated adaptation of the popular mobile game Fruit Ninja, and it’s produced by the game’s developer, Halfbrick Studios.
The Fruit Ninja series, subtitled Frenzy Force, follows four young ninjas who train in the art of Juice-Jitsu (groan) in order to defeat a thousand-year-old nemesis named Durian Grey (okay, that one’s pretty good). Beyond the fruit puns, viewers can expect handfuls of the same splattering action they get from the Fruit Ninja game, which has been downloaded more than a billion times.
Frenzy Force is one of several YouTube Red originals the video site has released with its young viewers in mind. Other shows launched under the banner of YouTube Kids include a pair of animated series led by popular Minecraft stars: Dan Middleton’s DanTDM Creates A Big Scene and TheAtlanticCraft’s Kings of Atlantis.
This first season of Frenzy Force consists of 13 episodes, each of which run for about 12 minutes. Four installments are available now, with the remaining ones expected to arrive over the following nine weeks.