When you talk “Japanese animation” there are some basics studios you can’t miss … from the biggies Toei, Sunrise, Ghibli to the smallees (studio 4C), and of course… Production I.G.
You could be thinking… they surely don’t need to crowdfund these people… with all their history & awards…. why should they choose a crowdfunding platform for their next project? Well, according to Masaaki Yuasa and his team… their “risky” project won’t get enough funding in the current conservative-crisis climax, so alternative ways are needed…
They’re willing to somehow “innovate” and try & freshen the current Japanese animation market which seems to be slightly sleepy these last few years. And while from what we’ve seen so far it doesn’t seem like Kick-Heart could be a new mindblowing surrealistic piece… well… we know that Mr Yuasa is capable of some serious groundbreaking works. And besides, it’s always interesting to see how such-talented artists turn to the public to fund their projects when their own studio wont.
“Kick-Heart” brings us 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.
We really hope this short animated film gets done, and we really hope you’ll support it to. More info on their KS page.