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Production I.G & Masaaki Yuasa Raise Funds for Kick-Heart Short Film

by Florete
Oct 1, 2012 9:34 PM | 83 Comments
Production I.G and director Masaaki Yuasa recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for an original animated short film titled Kick-Heart. The campaign seeks to raise $150,000 by October 31st.

Director, Animator: Masaaki Yuasa
Project Consultant: Mamoru Oshii
Character Designer, Animator: Michio Mihara
Color Coordinator, Animator: Eunyoung Choi
Background Artist: Kevin Aymeric
Animation Production: Production I.G

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?

Source: Official website

Story by nextday

Kick-Heart on MAL

20 of 83 Comments Recent Comments

Nice. Takako Honda is quite good and, while I've only heard his voice acting in one show (Tonari), Tatsuhisa Suzuki is doing a solid job thus far.

Nov 11, 2012 6:45 PM by Josh

Voice actors for the main characters have been confirmed.

Romeo will be voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Juliet will be voiced by Takako Honda

Nov 11, 2012 6:22 PM by dgg

Don't know what happened but it works again.

Nov 1, 2012 9:52 AM by bananapills

Works for me, try again.

Nov 1, 2012 9:37 AM by Josh

I don't know why, but the Kick-Heart MAL page seems to be deleted...

Nov 1, 2012 9:20 AM by bananapills

Thanks. One member, lol.

Oct 31, 2012 9:36 AM by Josh

Nordhau5 said:
Is there a MAL entry for this? Don't see one.

Oct 31, 2012 9:35 AM by bananapills

Congrats to I.G for achieving their English Dub goal. Is there a MAL entry for this? Don't see one.

Oct 30, 2012 11:35 PM by Josh

If you guys want Batou doing the English dubs, they still need 4,500$ (they already have 1,500$ through paypal), and there are only 5 hours left.

Oct 30, 2012 3:51 PM by EratiK

Reached $175,000. Total duration will now be 12 minutes instead of 10 minutes.
Only 12 hours to go, they added some last-minute rewards so if you want them you should grab them now!


Oct 30, 2012 8:35 AM by bananapills

Sweet. Just saw this, hope Yuasa will continue to make other and longer projects, he's too young to retire...
Damn, I didn't donate...
Pfeeyu, still 4 days left...
Now, T-shirt or poster... decisions, decisions...

Oct 26, 2012 4:10 PM by EratiK

bananapills said:
They have reached the $150,000! ^^


Gave them a dollar. :>

Oct 26, 2012 3:16 PM by Strife91

They have reached the $150,000! ^^

Oct 25, 2012 3:10 PM by bananapills

Guys, there's only about $10,000 left. Make this a reality!

Oct 23, 2012 6:57 AM by Marow

If anyone's still around here, Masaaki Yuasa is doing/did an AMA on Reddit.

Regardless of whether or not you like him, his answers are pretty interesting and it's great to get direct feedback from someone in the industry.

Oct 21, 2012 6:47 PM by Salinga

It's amazing to see how many are against this idea, when this could potentially be the start of a new era of anime if it is a success.

Oct 13, 2012 2:14 PM by Marow

I pledged $15 as well, since I only want the 480p version. I really am looking forward to this because it sounds awesome.

Oct 9, 2012 12:03 PM by SlaughterChichi

I pledged $15. For someone who lives in a poor country and works as a cleaner, that's pretty much a fortune, but I really love Yuasa's stuff and want to see this made.

Oct 9, 2012 3:28 AM by fanty

Pledging $100. Would do more for the actual print, but that's pushing it as it is.
I... love him.

Oct 6, 2012 5:54 PM by Arurie

Frankly if I had 10k I'd pledge it. Director of GitS and Yuasa in the same fucking room having dinner? That would be amazing. Plus a tour of Production I.G. studios. Really, I'd say that's pretty cheap considering it's pretty much a once in a lifetime experience.

Also I really hope this thing gets what it needs. If I wasn't a broke NEET right now I'd totally pledge for it. More Yuasa is always good.

Also, saying it now, this will be in the top 10 best anime of the year it's released, regardless of length.

Oct 5, 2012 3:03 PM by Seasonreaper

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