Our fifth poster for Season 1 is centered around the African Continent. It was my great joy to research and explore this continent with Martin Nuza, an incredible and experienced storyteller. We found this part of the world diverse and captivating, filled with intriguing wildlife, exquisite landscapes, spiritual energy, ancient history and unique cultures.
Episode 1, Lesadi & Her Star, is set in Kenya. There’s a reason this is the first Moon Drake episode… I wrote it in honor of my Kenyan daughter, Rose Atwenga, as I wanted to share her beautiful heritage! Our story unfolds with Lesadi, a Kenyan girl whose father has died. Her cruel uncle forces her to help him illegally poach lions and cheetah cubs. Through this adventure Lesadi is faced with a dangerous choice but discovers an unexpected hero.
Episode 10, Ali & His Dream, by Martin Nuza, takes place in Cairo, Egypt. Ali and his father are tour guides to the ancient pyramids. One night, the boy has a dream that takes him to another time and place and fills him with great joy. But when he awakens, something is missing from his life and his spirit, and he must do everything he can to find it.
All of our Moon Drake stories embrace human conflicts, the human spirit, and/or specific challenges impacting the earth. They show a diverse and glorious world, painting a picture of truth and love that gathers us all together as One. This is our quest.
The Moon Drake anime series will take children on a worldwide journey, introducing them to powerful characters, cultures and traditions and the many environmental, human and spiritual conflicts and challenges the Earth faces.
Our purpose for Moon Drake is to bring awareness to our “living world,” so that these beautiful stories will be able to teach children and help them apply the wisdom they learn to their lives.
The first episode of the series highlights Kenya, Africa, where the poaching conflict is very real and detrimental to wildlife. It was important for us to bring light to this part of the world, and the challenges it faces, as we have a daughter living in Kenya, who we have supported since she was three years old. We felt it was fitting that the first episode be focused on the world where she lives.
Here is an introduction to the story, Lesadi & Her Star:
After the death of her father, Obasi, Lesadi is pulled from her mother and little sister by agreedy uncle, Boipelo. Her uncle’s quest is to steal wildlife for profit, specifically cheetah cubs for sale as exotic pets to the Middle East. The backdrop of this story is the African bush, the savanna, wild animals and unpredictable conditions. When Lesadi loses heart, her father comes to her in a dream to help her remember something she has long forgotten. Then, Lesadi is faced with a dangerous choice and discovers an unexpected hero.
After the death of her father, Obasi, Lesadi is pulled from her mother and little sister by a greedy uncle, Boipelo. Her uncle’s quest is to steal wild cats for profit, specifically cheetah cubs for sale as exotic pets to the Middle East. When Lesadi loses heart, her father comes to her in a vision to help her remember something she has long forgotten. Then, Lesadi is faced with a dangerous choice and discovers an unexpected hero.