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Anime Tamago 2016 Lineup Revealed

by arsonal
Feb 23, 12:26 AM | 15 Comments

The official website of Anime Tamago has revealed its 2016 animation projects. Anime Tamago, formerly known as Anime Mirai, is an initiative by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Education to train young animators by funding the production of anime shorts.

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2016 will screen all four works on March 19 at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi. The free screening will be limited to 150 attendees selected by lottery. Production materials from the four works will also be exhibited at the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara UDX between March 8 and 21.

All four works will also air on a number of television networks and online distributors. Bandai Channel will hold a special streaming event on March 20, and Animax will air all four works in a single broadcast in May. Colorful Ninja Iromaki and Utopa will also air on Yomiuri TV's late night programming block MANPA, while Kacchikenee! and Kaze no Matasaburou will air on April 3 on Mainichi Broadcasting.

Colorful Ninja Iromaki

Third-grader Himeno moves to a huge mansion in the country. However, she soon finds out it's a ninja house! The ninjas Akamaki, Aomaki, and Kiiromaki mistake Himeno for a princess and begin solving problems for her with their own unique skills. But that is not the full extent of their powers! When Aomaki and Kiiromaki combine, they form Midorimaki. Similarly, when Akamaki and Aomaki combine, they form Murasakimaki; and when Akamaki and Kiiromaki combine, they form Daidaimaki. Life with these colorful ninjas has only begun when they discover a large tornado heading for the mansion. What will happen to Himeno's family? Can the colorful ninjas protect Himeno?

Himeno: Hazuki Shimizu
Father: Mitsutaka Itakura (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)
Mother: Risa Mizuno (Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino)
Akamaki: Inuko Inuyama (Shaman King)
Aomaki: Vanilla Yamazaki (Paniponi Dash!)
Kiiromaki: Teiyuu Ichiryuusai (Nintama Rantarou)
Midorimaki: Maria Naganawa (Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!)
Murasakimaki: Kintarou (Nandaka Velonica)
Daidaimaki: Tetsuya Yanagihara (Natsume Yuujinchou)

Producer: Yoshiki Sakurai (Giovanni no Shima)
Director, Script: Kentarou Kobayashi
Episode Director: Masatsugu Arakawa (Barakamon)
Character Design, Animation Director: Senbon Umishima (Black Bullet)
Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura (FLCL)
Color Design: Miho Tanaka (Suisei no Gargantia)
Director of Photography: Kouji Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell: Arise)
Editing: Yoshinori Murakami (Psycho-Pass)
Sound Director: Hozumi Gouda (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Music: Koshu Inaba (Akubi Girl)
Studio: Signal. MD


Hundreds of years after the 20th century, nature and the ecosystem have been devastated due to use of nuclear and biological weapons. Most of the Earth has been contaminated and is collapsing into ruin, and a great majority of plants and animals are now extinct. The world heads to the "Big Six," the sixth mass extinction event. Humanity built cities in the sky, migrating the endangered species of animals and plants there. Over many years, the animals evolved in these isolated cities. With artificial genetic crossbreeding, they acquire language, bipedality, and build a life and civilization for themselves free from want. No one thinks of the world below any longer. One day, a single plant seed wanders into one of the sky cities, and the children Kui, Hiruma, and Root discover it. Unable to resist the temptation to look into the world outside, they decide to undertake an adventure to the outside world, unknowing that once they set foot on the ground, they will never be able to return.

Kui: Aimi Tanaka (Himouto! Umaru-chan)
Hiruma: Reina Ueda (Hanayamata)
Root: Yuu Fukaya

Producer: Tomoko Ogihara
Director, Original Character Design: Takahiro Tanaka (Harmony)
Character Design, Animation Director: Sanae Shimada (Photokano)
CGI Director: Akiko Saitou (Kanojo ga Kanji wo Suki na Riyuu.)
Art Director: Osamu Hasada (Harmony)
Color Design: Kumiko Naruke (Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen)
Editing: Rie Matsubara (Owarimonogatari)
Sound Design: Kouji Kasamatsu (Kaze Tachinu)
Music: Reiji Kitazato (Koi☆Sento)
Studio: Studio 4°C


Aiko lives in a shrine with a sliding door that mysteriously is only half painted and thought during her childhood that she wanted to paint it. But the 17-year old Aiko now has no dreams about the future. Suddenly, a strange man appears before her. Aiko's grandfather and the shrine's chief priest offers the man to stay in the shrine, but Aiko isn't having any of it. But he realizes the kindness of the brusque young man and slowly comes to like him. What is his true identity?

Aiko: Himika Akaneya (PriPara)
Souji: Lion Kako (Cardfight!! Vanguard G)
Aiko's Grandfather: Hiroshi Ootake (Mazinger Z)
Aiko's Grandmother: Chiyako Shibahara (Akuei to Gacchinpo)
Takefumi: Ichitaro Ai (Hunter x Hunter (2011))

Producer: Yoshihiro Shimizu
Director: Fumihiro Yoshimura (Kimi to Tulip)
Character Design, Animation Director: Shinji Seya (Allison to Lillia)
Assistant Animation Director: Michinosuke Nakamura (Supernatural The Animation), Kazunori Aoki (Young Black Jack)
Art Director: Jirou Kouno (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun)
Color Design: Miyoko Kobayashi (Hi no Tori)
Studio: Tezuka Productions

Kaze no Matasaburou

A girl moves from the city and goes to school in the country due to some circumstances in his father's job. Her new schoolmates keep her at a distance. There is a boy she'd like to get to know better, but she worries about how he might treat her and doesn't try to get closer. She begins to hate life in the countryside and longs to return to the city, but she ends up meeting a real god of wind.

Kouichi: Satoshi Yamazaki
Pekichi: Shun Horie (Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation)
Ichirou: Wataru Sekine (Robotics;Notes)
Kasuke: Sumire Morohoshi (Aikatsu!)
Kousuke: Hidetoshi Akutsu (Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!)

Producer: Kiyohiko Takayama
Director: Hiroki Yamada
Animation Director: Hiroyuki Horiuchi (Tenchi Muyou!)
CG Director: Tomonari Nakajima (Ibara no Ou)
Studio: Buemon


Source: Anime! Anime!

15 Comments Recent Comments

Kacchikenee! sounds pretty fun.

Feb 24, 4:20 PM by desseroni

All of them look adorable. Super excited for these!

Feb 23, 5:53 PM by katemonster123

I'm gonna watch all of them. They all look kinda fun.

Feb 23, 2:00 PM by Mayuka

Utopa and Kacchikenee! looks nice.

Feb 23, 1:58 PM by DatRandomDude

I used to watch all Anime Mirai but now it gets less interesting each year, so just Kacchikenee! for me.

Feb 23, 11:19 AM by MrAwesome2016

Definitly gonna watch these :3

Feb 23, 10:11 AM by Chibi-Alice

Utopa looks interesting.

Feb 23, 7:08 AM by Xenocrisi

I'm always looking forward to these yearly projects, the 2nd and 3rd ones listed are particularly catching my eye!

Feb 23, 6:47 AM by Bird

srsly mane?

what the fuck was wrong with Anime Mirai???

Feb 23, 6:41 AM by zetsu_shoren

I'm looking forward to all these. :)

Feb 23, 4:18 AM by AL19

Looking forward to most of these. The Utopia one definitely looks interesting on paper with that premise.

Feb 23, 12:56 AM by Stark700

Utopa seems interesting,going based on the synopsis it seems a bit much though for a 30 minute short,it seem more like the plot of a featured film.

Feb 23, 12:46 AM by VanishingKira

Utopa and Kacchikenee sound the most interesting to me. I'm still waiting on subs for some of the previous ones though.

Feb 23, 12:46 AM by ReaperCreeper

All of these new anime looks so hipster.

Feb 23, 12:46 AM by CyberZeta

Love these annual ambitious Mirai animator projects

hope Kacchikenee turns out to be good

Feb 23, 12:39 AM by Fumito

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