Production I.G, the studio behind the Ghost in the Shell anime, recently launched a Kickstarter for a short anime titled Kick-Heart. The Kickstarter was a success, showing that, like video games, Japanese anime can also find news ways of getting funding.
Here is some concept art for the anime, courtesy of Production I.G. Have a look.
Masaaki Yuasa's "Kick-Heart" [Kickstarter]