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YOSHIKO presents Chuya-Den: The Night and Day Chronicles, a tale full of life, spun with Japanese fantasy around the real emotions of children today.

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Unlike the weather forecast of our world, the world of the Yokai has a forecast for both day and night. Today, day might be 14 hours long. Tomorrow, night might 14 hours long. The next day, there may be 6 hours of day and 9 hours of night. In this world the days and nights are always changing.

What is cause of the time shifts? The Yokai Chanbara—the epic battle for control of time between the Day Yokai and the Night Yokai. 

Now, the world is faced with the extraordinary disappearance of the sun.The world will be covered in darkness. A night without end.

All that stands in the way are three human children. Shu, Yuna and Kenta have been swept up in the Yokai Chanbara and must fight to bring back the day!

This is Japanese 2D animation at its finest, in a battle with the Yokai for day and night itself! Let's make some animation!

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Super small, but hardly insignificant, Day Yokai, Night Yokai and human alike will fight to tip balance of time! Take a peek at Shu, Yuna and Kenta's YouTube biopics!

Picks up everything quickly, but never in a mood to show it. Shu and Yuna are childhood friends
Picks up everything quickly, but never in a mood to show it. Shu and Yuna are childhood friends
Quite on the outside, fiercely competitive on the inside.
Quite on the outside, fiercely competitive on the inside.
Rascally little brother of Yuna.
Rascally little brother of Yuna.
Friendly Yokai mascot of Chuya-Den.
Friendly Yokai mascot of Chuya-Den.
Elder and General of the Day Yokai. He has foreseen the coming of the Yokai battles.
Elder and General of the Day Yokai. He has foreseen the coming of the Yokai battles.
Powerful right hand of Nurari-hyon. A stern leader of the Day Yokai.
Powerful right hand of Nurari-hyon. A stern leader of the Day Yokai.
Boss of the Night Yokai. He is ruthless and ferocious, plotting to dominate the world with a never-ending night.
Boss of the Night Yokai. He is ruthless and ferocious, plotting to dominate the world with a never-ending night.

Yoshiyuki Kaneko A.K.A. YOSHIKO

Hello everyone in Yokai land! I am YOSHIKO. I work at the animation studio WAO World, and am the creator and director of Chuya-Den. My work in animation has spanned everything from drawing and filming, to planning, production and direction.

My first work was as production assistant was for Hooray for Fizi, an animation based on a children’s book by author Lucy Cousins and for another of her works, Maisy Mouse which was broadcast in the USA. At WAO World I worked on the layout and production for Symphony in August, which was nominated in the 13th Future Film Festival Competition. I then went on to be an associate producer for Yokai Spochan Battle, and did direction for many other anime.

Kensuke is the master of all trades, doing key frame animation, story boarding and direction. He is like an all -in-one, living and breathing animation studio. For Chuya-Den, he will be turning up the flair with the human and Yokai concept designs. Previous work includes the key frame animation for the opening sequence of Fullmetall Alchemist and animation director for Beelzebub.

Shota is one of Wao World's main animators. Chuya-Den will see his debut as character designer. He was the animation supervisor for the demo movie and will be the animation director for this film. It will be his job to draw out the characters' best.

Yokai Design: Yutaka Matsubara

Yutaka is one of our great animators who will be in charge of Yokai designs. He is highly skilled in edged action animations indicative of traditional Japanimation. Yutaka drew almost all key animation work for the demo movie. His previous works include animation supervisor of characters in Gun Sword and key animator in Heaven's Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono)

Night and Day Device Design: Ben Tomita

Ben's talent spreads between movie media direction, formative design, animation, to spacial design. He will be responsible for the original designs for the core of this project, the Night and Day Device. The fusion between Japanese and European clock design is a true beauty. Being a lecturer in the Design course at the Nihon University College of Art, his career is decorated with awards, notably Yomiuri Advertising Award and Mainichi Advertisment Design Award, His work Mathematica 2 for NHK was awarded The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize of the Japan Prize, US International Film & Video Festival Silver Award, Prix Jeunesse Prize of the Childrens Jury, and the US International Film & Video Festival Grand Prix and Golden Camera Award, to name a few.

WAO World has produced many feature films such as Nitaboh, a story about a blind Tsugaru-jamisen player, which won Best Feature Film at the 2006 SICAF; and Japan, Our Homeland, a story that ties traditional children’s songs to an impoverished but, spirited group of children in the ten years after World War II, which won the Junior Jury and Best Animated Film awards at the 12th Lyon Asian Film Festival. Not being hemmed in by trends or demographics, WAO World is ever pushing to highlight the uniqueness of Japan in their animation.

The visual concept for the basis for the Chuya-Den world came when I met graphic artist Ben Tomita and we created the Night and Day Device.

With concept in hand, I made a prototype movie of Chuya-Den which took me about 2 and half months. It was tough doing it by myself, but I knew I couldn't share my idea without it.

Kensuke Ishikawa, Shota Ueno and Yutaka Matsubara came on board, and we started the pre-production work like the characters, props, artwork and scenarios. We also gathered young animators and made Chuya-Den an opportunity for them to hone their skills. With interest in Chuya-Den picking up with all of us, we found our enthusiasm rubbing off on others as well!

We can say we have already completed much of the pre-production work for Chuya-Den. The story line for the four chapters has been scripted. The main characters are ready for action. The art direction is pinned down. And we have 467 cuts (that's 30 minutes!) of storyboard content for the first episode all set.  

The Chuya-Den story, when fully completed, will be a four part animation series with each chapter running 24 minutes. The first goal of this Kickstarter is to produce a 10 minute pilot episode. Once the pilot is complete, the next goal will be to complete the first chapter. The remaining chapters will follow, with the ultimate goal of producing a feature film version. With most all of the pre-production work complete, what needs to come next is the actual animating and production. With the successful funding of this Kickstarter, we will be able to cover all costs to finish the pilot episode, and make and ship the rewards.

Daily Backer exclusive updates will include the Chuya-Den comic from the beginning, up until the exciting climax.
Daily Backer exclusive updates will include the Chuya-Den comic from the beginning, up until the exciting climax.
Unless specified, sleeves will be in English for backers outside of Japan.
Unless specified, sleeves will be in English for backers outside of Japan.
The Chuya-Den Kickstarter manga collection in print. Choose either Japanese or English.
The Chuya-Den Kickstarter manga collection in print. Choose either Japanese or English.

 *The Manga Chuya-Den is features a troubled Shu and a fierce battle between the Day and Night Yokai. The Chuya-Den Gaiden are a set of  of manga-style essays chronicling YOSHIKO in hi quest to overcome adversity in the anime production world. A must for anyone who wants an in depth look into the business! The Gaiden web manga is up on our website, so come take a look! 

Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Hang out with YOSHIKO and ask whatever is on your mind through the magic of Skype. (Interpretation will be available for English only.)
Hang out with YOSHIKO and ask whatever is on your mind through the magic of Skype. (Interpretation will be available for English only.)
Receive the VIY (Very Important Yokai) tour of WAO World with YOSHIKO. (Travel and lodging not included. Interpretation will be available for English only.)
Receive the VIY (Very Important Yokai) tour of WAO World with YOSHIKO. (Travel and lodging not included. Interpretation will be available for English only.)
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Send us your picture and we will send you a draft of your character. Get back to us with your ideas (all in artistic reason, of course!) to see your Chuya-Den self in the movie.
Two pieces of art in one! Get not only the first press print, but also the gorgeous engraved copper plate crafted by Haruna Yasui.
Two pieces of art in one! Get not only the first press print, but also the gorgeous engraved copper plate crafted by Haruna Yasui.
This is dinner and a movie Yokai style! (Travel and lodging not included. Interpretation will be available for Enlish only.)
This is dinner and a movie Yokai style! (Travel and lodging not included. Interpretation will be available for Enlish only.)
Be YOSHIKO's assistant director for a 15 to 30 second mini episode! Go through the whole process of creating an animated film from concept creation, content and rough cut production, on to editing the final work.
Be YOSHIKO's assistant director for a 15 to 30 second mini episode! Go through the whole process of creating an animated film from concept creation, content and rough cut production, on to editing the final work.

 Reward details are listed in the update here. 

  Reward details are listed in the update here.

Chuya-Den presents this collaboration reward with copper engraving artist Haruna Yasui. This portrait of our three heroes is delicately engraved on a glittering copper plate. At $280, you can receive one of 45 limited edition numbered prints. At $4100, you can be the proud owner the first copy, plus the actual copper plate used for the print. Due to the nature of the copperplate engraving artwork, the image on the plate is inverted.

Please visit Haruna's Website at esumurubu.com/


*Physical rewards will require a shipping charge. The images above are in the planning stages and are subject to change. Unless otherwise specified, design, scene and material choice will be up to the staff. Prepare for a surprise! 

Daily Backer exclusive updates will include Chuya-Den comics from the beginning to the exciting climax. The full version of the comic is included in the $75 tier as a printed book. 

Through the relentless effort of YOSHIKO the fearless, we have been able to begin developing a strong international fan base, as well as find English voice actors for Chuya-Den's English version. Our first Stretch Goal will be at $130,000 for the English Dub Version. 

Visit Brittany's homepage!

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Visit Daisy's homepage!

So, the Chuya-Den project was off the ground, but our anime wasn't even finished and still relatively unknown. I wanted everyone to understand our passion for original animated work, so I thought how to push that energy. So, with the gracious support and kind words from other directors and producers in the business, The Sun Project was born to help spread the word of Chuya-Den. So many notable creators in film and anime industry have already shown their support for us with their encouraging comments. Because of your help, our day is about to begin!

Super big thanks to Eiji Maesaka,Timothy Reckart, Amica Kubo, Taku Furukawa, Patrick W. Galbraith, Satoshi Tomioka, Masaya Tsutsumi, Seiji Okuda, & Kenji Itoso!

There are literally thousands wonderful independent projects currently being created and produced but, sadly without a proper hub for exposure a lot works are not receiving the sufficient support and promotion they deserve. We intend to fix this problem with the Moon Project. With the Moon Project our goal is to cultivate a network where creators and fans alike can come together to share and promote independent works so everyone can get their work out in the open.


Risks and challenges

All the work and materials shown here are still in the planning stages, so please expect changes and improvements in all categories. The finished product is slated for mid 2016, but depending on the amount collected, the film will run longer, so lots more stuff may be added which could push the release date back.

*Please note: Even though the rewards say, "Rewards Ship Anywhere in the World," it may not be possible to ship to certain areas as delivery may be restricted for safety or other reasons. In these cases we reserve the right to act at our discretion. Please contact us if you believe your area may be subject shipping restrictions.

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