Famed Japanese Anime Studio Turns to Kickstarter

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Production I.G of Ghost in the Shell fame is launching a Kickstarter for a new production. Dubbed Kick-Heart, the anime short is about ten minutes long and is helmed by Masaaki Yusasa. Here's the S&M themed plot:

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's interesting that Production I.G is using Kickstarter. Why Kickstarter, though? According to the studio, it allows riskier projects to see the light of day.

"This is a bit of an experiment for us, and we are trying to see if is possible to make these types of artistically driven films with the help of crowd-funding," wrote Production I.G. "If this goes well, we would definitely like to pursue more projects like this in the future."

Masaaki Yuasa's "Kick-Heart" [KickStarter via @Matt_Alt]

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*sigh...* Production IG used to make really ambitious serious toned anime aimed at mature audiences, cyberpunk, sci-fi military thriller, political thriller, brooding vampiric action, etc. Ghost in The Shell, Patlabor, Jin-Roh, Blood, they don't make 'em like they used to anymore.

Isn't it about time Major Motoko Kusanagi returns? Solid State Society was a good movie, but after the brilliant second season of Stand Alone Complex, it felt like an inadequate end to the whole franchise. The Ghost in The Shell universe is just so vast and complex, there's still potential for more story. I don't care if its the movie continuity or the TV series, just make something!