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In 1854, the Black Ships from America had arrived, and Japan stood on the brink of invasion. History was inexorably changed when the Black Ships were annihilated with the use of a Monokami, one of the Giant Intelligences that have dwelt in Japan since ancient times. 21 years later, the era of the samurai continues, and the story of Keiichiro Tokugawa unfolds!

The power that would be his is the mighty Giant Intelligence “Susano”, a power that may only be controlled by a pair of virgins-one boy and one girl! Fighting against his own wants, Keiichiro must defend his virginity to the last if he is to save the world from a disastrous fate! The exhilarating story of his struggle begins now!

One intense minute of 360°robot VR action. This is the goal of our project. 

By creating a 360° panorama through 3DCG animation, Dai-Shogun will be a whole new movie experience. As one whole minute of continuous animation, this will be a no cut, long take, 360° VR sensation revolution. We wanted this experience to have a realism unlike anything else before it.

We already have character models for the main characters Keiichiro and Kiriko, as well as the enemy robots and the medieval city landscape, but this is only a handful of nuts when we still need to build five-story robot.

We are expecting the work to be completed by the end of 2016. 

Dai-Shogun was a broadcast animation series on Japanese television in 2014 that was based on Sasahara’s concept design and story. It takes place in an alternate version of Japan, where the Meiji Restoration did not happen, and military power is decided by the Giant Intelligences which can only be piloted by a pair of virgins. A true samurai steampunk filled with action, robots and fun!

Since times long past, the spent husks of ancient Demons have existed throughout the Japanese Islands. Some are revered as gods and worshipped, others feared as devils and secretly sealed away. In the Heian Period (794-1185), a cult of mystics called the Necroczars appeared, wanting to control the Demons for their power. With their arcane art, they bound the bodies of virgin girls to the Demons, controlling them like puppets. Under Necroczar control, the reanimated Demons were called Monokami by those who would dare speak it. Upon that dark awakening, the Monokami drove the course of war, forcing every lord vying for dominion to enter the desperate arms race. 

The country was eventually united under Ieyasu Tokugawa, whereby banning the use of the Monokami and they faded away from prominence. Then in 1850, Shigeyoshi Hitotsubashi, apprehensive of foreign aggression, worked his way into the Shogunate's high council and plotted to restore the Monokami as Tokugawa's main military force. In 1853, the U.S. Navy fleet visited Japan and demanded trade treaty to be signed. A year later, the U.S. fleet was welcomed by Monokami piloted by Shigeyoshi and was destroyed. Since then, Japan continued its existence under national seclusion, and their peaceful days seemed they could last forever...

Keiichiro Tokugawa

Trademark phrase: “The Best in The World!” (Said with pride for both the good and the bad!)

The hero. Works in a public bath in Nagasaki, but wants to be the best fighter in the world. Unbeknownst to Keiichiro, he is the illegitimate son of Shogun Tokugawa.

Age: 17 
Virginity Status: Cursed to break out in a rash when he touches a woman, so yes.

Kiriko Hattori

Trademark phrase: “I’ll protect Keiichiro’s virginity, even if it costs me my life.”

An Iga ninja contracted by the Tokugawa Shogunate. She was sent to Nagasaki to find Keiichiro and bring him to Edo. When Kiriko is the Divine Conduit, the Susano catalyzes into the Storm Bringer.

Age: 17
Virginity Status: Protecting hers to remain a Divine Conduit

Chiharu

Trademark phrase: "Gonna hit that up!"

Just a sweet little girl at first glance, but has Fox Demon running through her blood. When Chiharu acts as a Divine Conduit, the Susano catalyzes into Basilisk Berserker. 

Age: Unknown
Virginity Status: Being unable to trust anyone, she's still a virgin.

Yurihara Maika

Trademark phrase: "Gonna do it with flair!"

Mecha peg legged (and armed!), blonde haired, blue eyed pirate captain. Plundering is her business. Maika as Divine Conduit catalyzes the Susano into Flare Quaker. 

Age: 19
Virginity Status: Bored with anyone weaker than herself, she is still a virgin.

Hyougo Asai

Trademark phrase: "On the honor of my house!"

Cross-dressing, tomboy beauty and prodigy swordswoman. The only daughter of a master sword fighter, set out to seek revenge on those who killed her father and his students. When Hyougo acts as the Divine Conduit, Susano transforms into the Flash Gale.

Age: 17
Virgin Status: Having pursued the perfection of her sword skills, she left no time for anything else and remains a virgin.

Ryoma Sakamoto

Trademark phrases: "Life is for living!", “Treating ladies suffering the pangs of love nicely is what I do!”

He could be either friend or foe. Former revolutionary who became an arms trader, living a life of debauchery. Fast talking with a penchant for women, he nonetheless finds Keiichiro intriguing.

Age: 38
Virginity Status: What do you think?

Hokoin

Trademark phrases: "It's a chastening for you!", “Taste these hot ones!” 

Ravishing and bewitching, and has the biggest bust of all. A Kung-Fu expert who favors a giant steel fan as her weapon, Hokoin is also an adept Steam Automata pilot. In command of the Koga ninja army, she wants Keiichiro dead, but at times feels it is all a game. It is rumored that she is not actually human, but no one alive knows the truth.

Age: Unknown  

Virginity Status: Yeah, why not.

Shigeyoshi Hitotsubashi

Trademark phrases: “There is no right or wrong.”, "The darkness will always swallow up the light.”

Head of the Hitotsubashi family, one of the three branches of the Tokugawa clan and is a successor in line for the Shogunate. The one who repelled Black Ships using the power of Monokami. Considers the Resurrection of Monokami's to be the only way to stand against outside world.

Age: 34
Virginity Status: ???

The corpses of ancient and monstrous Demons that have been reanimated by a Necroczar for the purposes of war. The term "Demon Driving" has long since been used to describe the art of controlling the Monokami, and the power to control that art lies only in the virgin.  
From the Warring States onward, the Monokami have required multiple people to operate them, and it became custom to have the head of a samurai family, or young warrior, to ride with virgin Divine Conduit.

Susano

A heretic cult of Necroczars created a Monokami which only a virgin from the Tokugawa bloodline could operate. It was recorded in historical documents that Ieyasu Tokugawa piloted this Monokami in the Battle of Sekigahara. However, during its deployment in the Shimabara Rebellion, Susano was stolen and seemed forever gone, becoming lost legend. Like the temperament shifting god of old for whom Susano was named, it is said this Monokami will change form depending on the personality of the Divine Conduit virgin. A seal-shaped key ignites the Monokami’s drive.

In Sengoku period, Automata made of scavenged Monokami parts and other materials were developed for samurai who could not possess Monokami of their own. They were no match for the Demon Monokami, but they proved their worth on the battlefield. Later on, they were replicated, employing steam engine power sources. Those were the Steam Automata. Unlike predecessor models, these new models are able to stand up to the Monokami.

Zan-Ki

The main Steam Automata of the Puppet Legion, Shigeyoshi's Automata army. The first type of Steam Automata. Stable and suitable for organized warfare. Comes in Basic and Commander variants.

Yasha-Ki

The Steam Automata driven by Hokoin. Stands out from other Steam Automatas with its shoulder wings loaded with rocket engines which allow for short bursts of flight. The rounded armor wings deflect enemy bullets as well as reducing the aerodynamic drag when flying.

Looking at the global trend of computer animated films, we only see products by major studios aimed mainly at children. We do not see work that is filled with action, adventure, and a bit of sexy appeal, aimed at mature audiences. I want to see that! And I believe there are fans out there who share that feeling with me. Kickstarter gives us the way to come together and make some great animation. 

Born in 1971, Kazuya Sasahara started his career in 3DCG animation during his university years, and founded Sasahara Gumi Ltd.(now known as anima inc.) in 1997. In 2010, he left anima inc. and entered ILCA Inc. 

His notable works include:

Project Sylpheed (Movie Director)
CAT SHIT ONE - THE ANIMATED SERIES- (Director)

Headed by Mizuki Saitoh, StudioGOONEYS aims to create global quality CG animation content for movies, anime and commercials. Some of their major works are the TV animes Show by Rock!! (Japan)and BUDDI MINNI (England, France & Japan).

 Crossing genres and world borders in CG production since 2010.

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A 360° 4K Movie for GearVR and Oculus Rift (mp4/4096x2048px) As well as 360° Video for Smartphones (mp4/3840x1920)

Also, receive an exclusive, high quality version of the original concept movie (not 360° Video) seen here

 Includes the $25 Reward

 Includes the $35 Reward

The $60 DVD/ Blu-ray will be regular CG animation and will not be 360° compatible.

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 Includes the $100 Reward

The storyboard and the script covers the full 30 minutes of the anime.

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 Includes the $300 Reward

Includes the $500 Reward

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

Includes the $500 Reward

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

Includes the $500 Reward

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

  Includes choice of one Model Data Reward

 Includes choice of one Model Data Reward

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)  

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

◆Data Information

The current program files are set up for Maya 2012 and require Vray 2.2. However, we will transition to Maya 2015, and file data for the new movie will be converted for the new software. File rendering will therefore require either Vray 3.1, Vray 3.2 or RenderMan 21. (Rendering software/version will be decided at a later date.)

Please contact us should you like to exhibit your work. Use may be prohibited should the original design be significantly compromised.

Risks and challenges

The expected shipping date has been planned out as thoroughly as possible, however, delivery deadlines may be extended to maintain the quality of the rewards. In that case, we promise to inform you of the situation and keep you up to date.

Please note that although 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.

In order to keep our promise to deliver on the stated rewards for all backers, refunds will not be accepted 14 days after the Kickstarter is funded. This will not apply in cases of negligence or error on our part.

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FAQ

  • The movie will be compatible with GearVR, Oculus Rift and HTC vive.

    (To check compatibility with other systems please send us a message.)

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  • 3D stereoscopic data for the 360° animation will be produced. However, because the data is so large, it will depend on the device how well it will perform. To play properly, H265 encoding will be required.

    As of this point we can confirm stereoscopic availability for Gear VR, Oculus and Vive. For other devices that do not support that encoding, a non-stereoscopic version will be available.

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  • Should we receive more requests and support from people like you, it may be possible to make the model data compatible with Blender. However, at this point it will be difficult to incorporate it into the project.

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  • Yes, the movie can be viewed on smartphones and PCs.

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  • The Dai-Shogun - Great Revolution 360° VR movie will about a minute in length.

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