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Creative Intelligence Arts announced a Kickstarter on Friday for an original 24-minute anime titled Under the Dog. The project is seeking to raise $580,000 USD by September 7th.

Director: Masahiro Ando
Original Story: Jiro Ishii
Producer: Hiroaki Yura
Character and Mechanical Design: Yuusuke Kozaki
Animation Studio: Kinema Citrus
3D CGI Animation: Orange Co.

Synopsis
Under the Dog takes place in 2025 in Neo Tokyo, five years after a devastating terrorist attack at the Tokyo Olympics. In the wake of the tragedy, the U.N. formed a covert ops unit dedicating to seeking out, then eliminating those responsible for the attack. Anthea Kallenberg, a girl of Swedish descent is a member of this elite group who has honed her combat abilities and has become a deadly assassin, but must come to terms as to who she really is.

The PV is available on the Kickstarter site.

Source: ANN, Kickstarter

News submitted by ZachM & Moonchipz


Update September 5
'Under the Dog' has reached its Kickstarter goal with two days to spare. According to the creators, the finished product will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The team is also in talks with Crunchyroll and Netflix to distribute the OVA.

Source: Update on official Kickstarter page

Under the Dog on MAL
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People who hate that industry changed to mostly harem shows, this is your chance to show them that we still care about good anime
 
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Kickstarter regarding an animated product. This is most likely the first time I hear about something like that, but it sure sounds interesting. Color me interested in the outcome.
 
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So wait, they need $580,000 for a 24 minute episode? Sounds expensive...
5 main aspects I base my ratings on:
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2. Is it better than Breaking Bad?
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4. Has it caused a (very entertaining) shitstorm on MAL?
5. Is it actually good?

Scratch the fifth point, it's not very relevant...
 
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I will watch this only because the girl is Swedish and I'll like to see a Swedish anime girl.
 
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Subpyro said:
Kickstarter regarding an animated product. This is most likely the first time I hear about something like that, but it sure sounds interesting. Color me interested in the outcome.

it happend before with Little Witch Academia
 
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Omg ... just watched the first 2 minutes they had on the kickstarter page ... this looks really solid, animation is amazing !
And the soundtracks ... like a proper Hollywood entry song ^^

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1300298569/under-the-dog
 
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That synopsis interests me tbh. I'm hoping they get enough funding for this.
 
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This looks like it could be fun, I'll back this to give support, but I wonder if they'll be able to reach their goal in time.
 
Aug 9, 2014 6:30 AM

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The trailer looked very good. I hope it gets funded.
 
Aug 9, 2014 6:30 AM
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Stark700 said:
That synopsis interests me tbh. I'm hoping they get enough funding for this.

Hoping doesen't do anything, at least give 20$, not that much to ask for
 
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So wait, they need $580,000 for a 24 minute episode? Sounds expensive...


In the video, it was stated that the writer was aiming for a 26 episode series. Each episode is probably 24 minutes long.


580K a full 24/26 episode series?, no way.
Its only a 24 minutes single episode guys.
 
Aug 9, 2014 6:32 AM

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Oooh! Looks interesting!
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Vene said:
gray-samaa said:


In the video, it was stated that the writer was aiming for a 26 episode series. Each episode is probably 24 minutes long.


580K a full 24/26 episode series?, no way.
Its only a 24 minutes single episode guys.


Exactly.
 
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It looks very good so far with stellar animation , but imo that's a bit too much to ask for a single episode. Little Witch Academia asked for $150,000 and achieved that.

I do hope this is successful , but we'll see , hopefully it meets it's goal.
 
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Vene said:
gray-samaa said:


In the video, it was stated that the writer was aiming for a 26 episode series. Each episode is probably 24 minutes long.


580K a full 24/26 episode series?, no way.
Its only a 24 minutes single episode guys.

On the kickstarter, it says that if the amount goes past their goal, they'll also make some prequel episodes or a movie (If it gets high enough that is).
 
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It's only a single 24 minute episode, but as they said on the Kickstarter page, if this project is successful they might get funding for a longer series. (Not from the Kickstarter but from more traditional methods.)
 
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It's only a single 24 minute episode, but as they said on the Kickstarter page, if this project is successful they might get funding for a longer series.

As they said in the video, they want to make it a 26 episodes series.
 
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People who hate that industry changed to mostly harem shows, this is your chance to show them that we still care about good anime
Yeah, ALMOST EVERY anime these days have become harem show. How unsightly of thee.
 
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Ghostbooster said:
Subpyro said:
Kickstarter regarding an animated product. This is most likely the first time I hear about something like that, but it sure sounds interesting. Color me interested in the outcome.

it happend before with Little Witch Academia


...and with Kick-Heart. That one got funded on Kickstarter too.
 
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$100 for a BD? That sounds really expensive for one episode.
 
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Vene said:
gray-samaa said:


In the video, it was stated that the writer was aiming for a 26 episode series. Each episode is probably 24 minutes long.


580K a full 24/26 episode series?, no way.
Its only a 24 minutes single episode guys.

You obviously have no ideo how hard it is to make anime
 
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$100 for a BD? That sounds really expensive for one episode.

That how much otakus in japan pay for anime, it's only fair that we pay the same prize
or do you prefer to steal and watch for free ?
 
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Ghostbooster said:
Subpyro said:
Kickstarter regarding an animated product. This is most likely the first time I hear about something like that, but it sure sounds interesting. Color me interested in the outcome.

it happend before with Little Witch Academia


And Kick-heart as well.

But this project is significantly more ambitious, considering it's asking for over 3 times more than LWA and KH. Honestly, even though I'd like to see it succeed, I don't think it's going to be that easy to get over half a million without a pre-established base of support (like Little Witch Academia which ended up with over 600k). Might be a close call, we'll see. I'm not entirely sure how Kickstarter works when a project doesn't meet its goal. Is it cancelled and the money given back or do they just work with what they got?
 
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Kainsli said:
$100 for a BD? That sounds really expensive for one episode.


It's not like they were obligated to give you anything.
This is just something they want to give to supporters first hand.

You can always buy the full series (if its succesful) later on.
 
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Looks generic enough for them to get their own funding. And I wonder on what they'll spend $600.000 if it's just a single episode if the animation is as mediocre as in the trailer.


 
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PrOxAnto said:
Kainsli said:
$100 for a BD? That sounds really expensive for one episode.


It's not like they were obligated to give you anything.
This is just something they want to give to supporters first hand.

You can always buy the full series (if its succesful) later on.


Well I wasn't really planning on buying it in the first place, though I do plan to back the project. Just making a note that compared to other Kickstart projects, it's a bit pricey. Kick-heart's BD was $55, for example, while Little Witch Academia 2 was $50 or so.
 
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This is definitely something i look forward too.
 
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Get hyped into action, people.
the hype is real people ckan already confirmed it
 
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Nickienator said:
Looks generic enough for them to get their own funding. And I wonder on what they'll spend $600.000 if it's just a single episode if the animation is as mediocre as in the trailer.


The animation was pretty amazing. Not sure if you had your eyes open.
 
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Nickienator said:
Looks generic enough for them to get their own funding. And I wonder on what they'll spend $600.000 if it's just a single episode if the animation is as mediocre as in the trailer.


The animation was pretty amazing. Not sure if you had your eyes open.


I dont think he/she did.
Animation def was NOT mediocre ... it was amazing rather, and the soundtrack topped it off.
 
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Loving the vibe of the PV, this looks interesting and that they are given free creative control is great.
Only thing that worries me is Kinema Citrus..
 
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Chipping in 10 USD first, i guess
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looks good i think i will watch it
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Well, that was one hell of a trailer.
This anime has potential.

On the other note, this kinda gives me the Mirror's Edge vibe after looking on the girl character art.
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Stark700 said:
That synopsis interests me tbh. I'm hoping they get enough funding for this.



hoping the same and the synopsis sound really good too
 
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I will watch this only because the girl is Swedish and I'll like to see a Swedish anime girl.

Being Swedish too I was very surprised when I read that. So rare.
 
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Wow, the trailer look cool.
 
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It definitely looks intresting and the animation is breathtaking. But damn! $580,000! That's too much.
 
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I'll see what I can do. Most probably I'll give around 30$ but if I can save more within a week then I'll probably give 50$ which is what I'm aiming for. The PV was stunning.
 
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If they plan on reaching $580k first they need to drop the price for the Blu-Ray, $100 is way too much for just one 24 minutes episode, something in the $50-60 margin would be enough. Quite a lot of backers are complaining about that in the comments.

But I liked the idea, I hope they succeed.
 
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I dunno...I mean if the creators of Guilty Crown had a kick starter, and released clips of their say first or second episode I would have actually donated, but now I've grown rather skeptic.
Saying they can make it longer than it can be if more than enough money is obtained does the opposite of winning me over. That essentially opens possibilities of filler material, dragged on story or shallow subplots.
 
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Looks and sounds fantastic, wouldn't mind backing this.
 
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I welcome this with open arms, but the premise though... Realistically, the UN wouldn't [be able to] do anything like creating a Task Force 141 for Japan. The world would only give them intelligence support while the heavy lifting would have to be done by the Japanese themselves. The US suffered a terrorist attack and they had to do pretty much everything themselves (military, FBI, CIA, with help from foreign intelligence) to find and kill OBL. In an alternate universe where there's a strong UN like Muv-Luv, sure, this can happen, but I'll just assume it's based on our world (since Tokyo 2020 Olympics).

In the end, I'll wait for more info.
 
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Masahiro Ando is THE MAN. Everything he's been apart of has been good.

But it's only supposed to be a 24 minute OVA? Or is it actually going to be a full length series?

If it's simply going to be 24 minutes long I have no intention on contributing.
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Masahiro Ando is THE MAN. Everything he's been apart of has been good.

But it's only supposed to be a 24 minute OVA? Or is it actually going to be a full length series?

If it's simply going to be 24 minutes long I have no intention on contributing.


If you read the kickstarter page or watched the video, you would know it's a series, the 500k us dollars for the first episode.
 
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The animation and art looks amazing ♥ and a Swedish MC female.. haha gotta show my friend this xD
 
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looks nice, interesting synopsis and good animation. Maybe a bit too much explosions and gunshots for my taste though.

PrOxAnto said:
SharifEbeefE said:
Masahiro Ando is THE MAN. Everything he's been apart of has been good.

But it's only supposed to be a 24 minute OVA? Or is it actually going to be a full length series?

If it's simply going to be 24 minutes long I have no intention on contributing.


If you read the kickstarter page or watched the video, you would know it's a series, the 500k us dollars for the first episode.


they're talking about 1.74 million dollars for 2 prequels (3 episodes total) and 5.1 million dollars for a feature film, which in my opinion is almost impossible to gather with kickstarter. I think the chances of it turning into a full series is low.
 
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