Production I.G.’s Kickstarter Anime Project about Love, Pain, & Wrestling

Renowned Japanese Animation, Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, Animated sequences of Kill Bill), started a Kickstarter today looking to fund a 10-minute original short named Kick-Heart. Helmed by director Masaaki Yuasa, the project is an experiment to see if crowdsourcing is a viable alternative to creating new anime as opposed to looking for sponsors or big corporations.

This is an interesting experiment to see if the fanbase would like to have more original animation coming out of Japan instead of the recent trend of adapting popular comics & light novels into anime. Like all kickstarters, there are several tiers ranging from $5 to $10,000 (includes a trip to Japan and dinner with the team). Frankly, I think this is what the anime industry needs, a wake-up call that the industry needs change in order to appeal to a larger audience.

The Kickstarter ends on October 31st.

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