by Marlan Moore | staff editor
The creative project fundraising site Kickstarter has been used to get everything from indie video games to comic books off the ground. Now, Japanese anime studio Production I.G is using the crowdsourcing site to kickstart their own project - Kick-Heart, a 10-minute animated love story between a pro-wrestler and a nun.
Here’s the full synopsis:
Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo’s secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?
It sounds cute, fun, and like the kind of project that Kickstarter was made for.
The short is too be directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is probably best known for The Tatami Galaxy.
The project’s Kickstarter page has a slew of illustrations, including background designs, character designs, and a color script.
As this is seemingly a first for a big name Japanese animation studio, the success of Kick-Heart on Kickstarter may make or break the chances of other Japanese animators following suit. If a unique anime like Kick-Heart fails to make it, then its a good bet that other companies may decide to not even give Kickstarter a shot.
As of this writing, the project has made almost half of the needed $150,000 to get the short film funded and has 27 days left to reach its goal.
Backers of the project will receive tiered thank you bonuses, ranging from a standard definition digital download of the film at $15 to a private tour of Production I.G and a dinner with the film’s director and more at a backing of $10,000. There’s a load of other bonuses between the $15 and $10,000 options, as well, including Blu-Rays of the film, animation postcards, and more.
The Kickstarter for Kick-Heart ends on Oct. 31, so head on over to their page and give it a look. Images from the hopeful production are below, with a ton more on their Kickstarter page.
[via Nerd Reactor]