That says a lot about the current state of Japanese animation, ie economical difficulties, lack of innovative-original ideas… Hopefully, there are now crowd-funding sites, to help creators fund their projects.
That’s exactly the case for director Masaaki Yuasa, who brought us some of the most surprising & creative anime in the past years. A man with a unique visual style, mixing hand-drawn animation with crazy (experimental) fun ideas, trying to find original ways to keep the story interesting and involving, where visuals only reflect the profound beauty of the story – inviting the audience to question Life, themselves… Respectful and ambitious!
Yuasa is now trying to fund a 10-min short called Kick-Heart, co-produced by Production I.G with Mamoru Oshii as a consultant, it’s presented as “a love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.” The project needs to get at least $150,000 by the end of October 2012 – Why? You can find all details here.
As he explains in the video presentation – containing some footage -, the director aims to “make an emotionally uplifting project.” That’s promising. So feel free to contribute! If you’re reluctant, you can still watch the video here;