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Kazuo Koike and SoraSeed, Inc. are teaming up to produce the official motion comic of Samurai Lone Wolf. This project will bring together the technical know-how of digital motion and effects from the game industry, and the storyboard production and camera expertise from the anime industry to breathe new life into this mortal ballet of sword masters and ninja warriors for the digital era.

The goal of the Samurai Lone Wolf project is to produce a motion comic of the manga, Kozure Ōkami, published in Japan from 1970 to 1976, then translated under the title, Lone Wolf and Cub, in the U.S. by Comics First in 1987 and Dark Horse from 2000 to 2002.

Our funding target will allow us to make the motion comic version for a collection of stories from the first five volumes, encompassing the origin story up to the fierce battle with the Yagyu Clan, totaling about 300 pages.

Motion Comic Format Specs:

1. Blu-ray/DVD (physical, region free)

2. Downloadable Movie (digital) for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS 

3. Color: Black and white with limited color

4. Audio: Includes full audio for sound effects. Voice inclusion is not determined at this point.    

5. Language: English, Japanese

Work in Progress sample
Work in Progress sample
Original Artwork
Original Artwork

“Motion comic” is a term for a next generation of comics that takes realism of the medium to a new level, using digital processing techniques to enrich the original artwork by adding movement to the drawings that were inked by the hand of the artists themselves. 

As digital content, even the fans outside of Japan can easily have access to, and enjoy the Japanese style comics.

Lone Wolf and Cub is a samurai manga set in Japan’s Tokugawa era, written by Kazuo Koike and drawn by Goseki Kojima. It tells the tale of Itto Ogami's quest for vengeance against the Yagyu clan, who killed his wife and his family. His only surviving son, Daigoro, accompanies the “Wolf” on his journey.

Lone Wolf and Cub has been lauded the world over not only for its dramatic art style, but as a powerful story of a parent raising his child while living the life of an outcast assassin. As one of the first major manga series to be published in the U.S., this classic has provided inspiration for many other works, including Hollywood films.

Lone Wolf and Cub Awards and Achievements

  • 2001 Eisner Award (US) Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material / Best Archival Collection/Project
  • 2002 Harvey Award (US) Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work / Best Presentation of Foreign Material
  •  2004 Diamond Gem Awards (US) Manga TP of the Year (2004) for Samurai Executioner
  • 2004 Haxtur Award (Spain)

This incarnation of the classic manga will be a more visceral and immersive experience that will embrace the emotion and theatricality of the original work through the art of the motion comic. We hope this project will be the first step to a new medium unto itself. This is Samurai Lone Wolf.

We believe that the motion comic is the ultimate way to express the soulful art of the graphic novel. By utilizing digital enhancements that harmonize with artwork, motion comics capture the atmosphere and realism of the original work that is lost in anime or live-action.

In creating this new world of Samurai Lone Wolf, we want to do it with not only the fans of the series, but the whole of manga and comic community too help bring the art of motion comics to the forefront. 

Particularly in Japan, manga are regularly turned into anime, but the motion comic has been neglected as something that cannot gain mass appeal. With your help and support, we are working to see that the motion comic gains wider acceptance as an art form that enriches the comic experience, and respects the original artwork by the original artist.

Work in Progress sample
Work in Progress sample
 
Original Artwork
Original Artwork
 
Kazuo Koike : Production Supervisor
One of the most influential manga artists of his time, Kazuo Koike was born May 8, 1936 in Daisen, Akita prefecture. He has produced such memorable works as Lone Wolf and Cub (Artist; Goseki Kojima), Lady Snowblood (Artist; Kazuo Kamimura), Crying Freeman (Artist; Ryoichi Ikegami), Goyokiba [Hanzo the Razor] (Artist; Takeshi Kanda), Kōkōsei Burai Hikae (Artist;Keiji Yoshitani) and Auction House (Artist; Seisaku Kanou) and has also written several novels.

In 1977 he founded the Gekiga Sonjuku educational program. Many famous artists including Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2), Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star), Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest series), Keisuke Itagaki (Baki the Grappler) and Hiroshi Shiibashi (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) are graduates from this program, and it continues to educate new artists to this day. In 2004, he was inducted into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

Awards received by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima.
  • 2004 Eisner award (US) Hall of Fame Judge’s choice (Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima) 
  • 2004 Diamond Gem Awards (USA) Manga TP of the Year (2004) for Samurai Executioner (Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima) 
  • 2006 Inkpot Awards (USA) For contributions to the American comics industry (Kazuo Koike) 
  • 2008 Japan Expo (France) Judges’ Choice Special Award (Kazuo Koike)

Hifumi Kono : Director of Motion Comic Production 

Game Creator, President of NUDE MAKER Co. Ltd. 

Starting his career at Human Corp., he has participated in the production of many games, notably in the Clock Tower series as producer, scriptwriter, and director. After producing Steel Battalion at Capcom, he created his own video game development company, Nude Maker Co. Ltd. From project proposals to production, scripting and directing, Hifumi is hands on, engaging himself in the entire creative process.

Major works: Clock Tower, Clock Tower 2, Steel Battalion, Steel Battalion: Line of Contact, Infinite Space

SoraSeed, Inc. : Project Planning

Gloczus, Inc. : Localization

Hakuoki and Amnesia for various countries.

Awesome Japan, Inc. : Project Coordination

  •  Includes the $1 reward

  • Digital Wallpaper - Characters & Images from the Motion Comic
  • Includes the $5 reward
  • Digital Copy of the Motion Comic (choose your platform - Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS)
  • Digital colored character image (hi-res)
  • Digital Artbook (PDF 20 pages)
  • Includes the $30 Reward

Motion Comic Minimum Requirements: 

PC: Windows XP SP2 or Mac OS X 10.8 + DX9 Shader Model 2.0 Graphics Card (Most graphics cards produced after 2004 should be compatible.) CPU: SSE2 compatible.

Smartphone: iOS 6.0 or later. Android: OS 2.3.1 or later; ARMv7 (Cortex) CPU with NEON support or Atom CPU; OpenGL ES 2.0 or later.

  • Blu-ray/DVD Physical Copy of the Motion Comic (comes with Special case and Booklet)
  • Keychain
  • Digital Calendar
  • Includes the $30 Reward
  • Digital copy of setting materials (100p)
  • Behind-the-scenes videos of the original comic and motion comic production
  • Includes the $60 reward
  • Hanging Scroll of Samurai Lone Wolf
  • Thank you letter signed by Kazuo Koike
  • Kickstarter Exclusive T-shirt
  • Includes the $80 reward
  • 150 page Physical Artbook
  • Extended behind-the-scenes video of the motion comic production
  • Includes the $100 reward
  • "Doutanuki" Katana Ornament for Display
  • Drink Tumbler
  • Playing Cards
  • Includes the $130 reward
  • Folding Fan
  • Keychain Watch
  • Glass Set featuring Itto Ogami
  • Includes the $200 reward
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Samurai Lone Wolf Lamp w/ Autograph
  • Includes the $400 reward
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Kimono w/ Autograph
  • Includes the $500 reward
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Autographed Itto Ogami Stamp
  • Includes the $600 reward
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Autographed Daigoro Stamp
  • Includes the $600 reward
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Autographed Ninja Stamp
  • Includes the $600 reward
  • Autographed Itto Ogami Collectible Figure
  • Includes choice of one $1,000 Stamp reward
  • Autographed Daigoro Ogami Collectible Figure
  • Includes choice of one $1,000 Stamp reward
  • Autographed Retsudou Yagyu Collectible Figure
  • Includes choice of one $1,000 Stamp reward
  • Get your name in the dialog or as a place name
  • Includes your choice of one $2,000 Collectible Figure reward
  • Includes the $4000 reward
  •  Autographed Replica of Daigoro's Cart
  • Includes the $5000 reward
  •  Have dinner with the Character Man

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日本の皆様へ

子連れ狼とは

米ダークホース社から「Lone Wolf and Cub」として出版され、多くのハリウッド映画にも影響を与えた日本の侍漫画。『子連れ狼』(こづれおおかみ)は、小池一夫原作・小島剛夕画の日本の時代劇漫画(劇画)作品。 柳生一族の手によって、妻を含む一族を皆殺しにされた剣士・拝一刀が、唯一生き残った息子・大五郎を伴い、子連れの刺客として活躍する様子を描く。


モーションコミックとは

「モーションコミック」とは、漫画家の描いた絵を使いデジタル処理をした動きのある演出を入れることでより臨場感をアップさせる制作手法でつくられた次世代コミックです。 従来の紙媒体による日本的なコミックの読み方に慣れていない海外ユーザーにもデジタルコンテンツを介して漫画本来の魅力を伝えることができます。

実績、受賞歴

「子連れ狼」は主人公親子の生き方をテーマにすることにより,刺客という反社会的な稼業の物語でありながら,人間ドラマとして一世を風靡する人気作品になりました。
  • 2001年 アイズナー賞(米)最優秀国際作品部門「子連れ狼」 
  • 2002年 ハーヴェイ賞(米)「子連れ狼」 
  • 2004年 アイズナー賞 漫画家の殿堂入り
  • 2004年 ジェム・ダイアモンド賞(米) 
  • 2004年 MANGA TOP OF THE YEAR「首斬り朝」 
  • 2004年 アクサテュール賞(スペイン)「子連れ狼」 
  • 2006年 インクポット賞(米)
  • 2008年 JAPAN EXPO (フランス)特賞


なぜ子連れ狼をモーションコミックでやるのか

モーションコミックは圧倒的な劇画の画力により語られる世界観を、原画そのものを活用したデジタル処理を施すことで原作者・漫画家の魂を表現することが出来る唯一の方法だと考えます。アニメや実写では得られない原画にある空気感(臨場感)をあますところなく伝えられる方法です。


なぜキックスターターなのか

日本では漫画のアニメ化が主流であり原画そのものの良さを活かしたモーションコミックはまだまだ未開発コンテンツとして扱われていて商業ベースにはならないと言われています。原画をそのまま扱えるデジタル技術を用いて、新しい「子連れ狼」の世界観を創りあげたい、この試みを「子連れ狼」「小池一夫」「日本漫画」ファンの皆様と挑戦してみたい、そんな想いからKickstarterを活用したいと考えました。


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