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Visuals and Staff for Anime Mirai 2014 Announced

by Dunois
Oct 15, 2013 11:16 AM | 29 Comments
The visuals and staff for the 2014 Anime Mirai shorts were revealed at Machi Asobi vol.11 this weekend. Anime Mirai is a part of the Young Animator Training Project, created by the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA). The first iteration of the project launched in 2010 and the effort, which funds the training of young animators in on-the-job scenarios at studios over the course of a year, is supported by the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs.

The 2014 shorts are as follows:

Synopsis: A film about making connections in a classroom.
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Producer: Ryosuke Inagaki
Character Designer/Animation Director: Atsushi Ikariya
Assistant Animation Director: Daisuke Mataga
Animation: Ultra Super Pictures

The Big First-Grader and the Small Second-Grader
Synopsis: A small girl takes her big but timid friends for a walk into the the Ipponsugi forest to look for a bellflower.
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
Producer: Makoto Sotozaki
Character Designer: Shizue Kaneko
Animation Director: Keiichirou Matsui
Assistant Animation Director: Koji Watanabe
Animation: A-1 Pictures

Paroru's Future Island
Synopsis: A film about strange creatures living on a remote island, whose isolation is broken when curiosity inspires the younger members to seek out the human world.
Director: Kazuaki Imai
Producer: Maiko Okada
Character Design/Animation Director: Yoshimichi Kameda
Animation: Shin-Ei Animation

Kuro no Sumika -Chronus-
Synopsis: This film is about a student with a dark destiny.
Director: Naoyuki Onda
Producer: Eiko Tanaka (founder of Studio 4°C)
Production Manager: Hiroto Yonemori
Character Designer/Animation Director: Yasuyuki Shimizu
Assistant Animation Director: Mikine Kuwabara
Animation: Studio 4°C

These short anime films will be screened at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills on March 1, 2014.

Official Website:

Source: Gigazine, Crunchyroll

Harmonie, Ookii 1 Nensei to Chiisana 2 Nensei, Parol no Mirai Shima, & Kuro no Sumika -Chronus- on MAL

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Kuro no Sumika -Chronos-
dark destiny
Studio 4°C

Oh sheeeeeeeit STUDIO4°C

It's time to rise

Oct 15, 2013 11:22 PM by zetsu_shoren

Yesss more of Yoshiura Yasuhiro's work is always welcome! The visual for Harmonie looks nice :) And also Onda Naoyuki who worked on some of my favorite anime, Ergo Proxy, Witch Hunter Robin, and Wolf's Rain. Looks like he's going to be directing something similar to those anime ^^ Looking forward for these!

Oct 15, 2013 10:07 PM by tingy

Anime Mirai. Always looking good. Always smelling dank.

Oct 15, 2013 9:06 PM by HappyPear

Noooo, based trigger isn't doing one ;_;

Oct 15, 2013 8:12 PM by kyonthehandbutt

After looking at the photos which had the pictures for the respective projects, the only one that interests me is Kuro no Sumika -Chronos-. It's interesting to see that there seems to be some diversity amongst them in age groups they're targeting. They all seem to be similar in that connections play an importance in the story though from the general descriptions, which I also find interesting.

Oct 15, 2013 7:21 PM by mangastar

Harmonie and Kuro no Sumika -Chronos- look very good, but A-1 Pictures' elementary school kids' thing looks nice too.

Oct 15, 2013 6:48 PM by Laciie

Paroru and the Future Island
Kuro no Sumika -Chronos-

These look interesting.

Oct 15, 2013 5:03 PM by MrAwesome2016

Those certainly look interesting enough for me to watch them.

Oct 15, 2013 4:18 PM by Arurian

Wow, some great people involved this year.
Yasuhiro Yoshiura - Eve no Jikan
Ayumu Watanabe - Uchuu Kyoudai

And also some notable character designers and studios (Studio 4°C :D).

IntroverTurtle said:
Looking forward to this year's titles too. Especially the one about the island with strange creatures.

Yup! Looks the most interesting, though I'm excited for all of them. Now we have to wait like 10 months... :>

Oct 15, 2013 4:02 PM by Mirorin

Hopin' we get more quality anime this year

Oct 15, 2013 3:53 PM by giusex27

They look interesting but are they only short anime

Oct 15, 2013 3:06 PM by Mr_Gutts

Ah, so that's what the Time of Eve director is doing at the moment. Hype.

Oct 15, 2013 2:50 PM by Seasonreaper

All of them looks interesting!! I will watch all of them :3

Oct 15, 2013 2:12 PM by Tengai

Interesting. Can't wait to see them.

Oct 15, 2013 2:08 PM by AnimeFan500

Exciting : D
I really like the young animator project.

Oct 15, 2013 1:45 PM by Chibi-Alice

Paroro sounds interesting. I'll have to keep an eye on this.

Oct 15, 2013 1:15 PM by Doaj

Looking forward to Harmonie by Time of Eve's director.

Oct 15, 2013 1:05 PM by kurosaki_kabuto

Dat titles. Cool. I will definitely check out some of these. Thanks for the news!

Oct 15, 2013 12:55 PM by Stark700

Indeed looking forward to it. Death Billiards and Little Witch Academy were two stand outs from last year so fingers crossed.

Oct 15, 2013 12:49 PM by IZEROII

Most interested in Harmonie and Kuro no Sumika -Chronos-.And somewhat interested in A Big First-year Student and a Small Second-year Student.And least interested in Paroru and the Future Island.

Oct 15, 2013 12:25 PM by VanishingKira