Thoughts on a Nikkei Article, Ask Cinematic Artist Koya Takashashi Your Questions
This Week’s Totals:
Crowdfunding and "Cool Japan"
This week brings us a bit of an interesting discussion on Crowdfunding and "Cool Japan" which was brought to light through this article that appeared in Nikkei, Japan's largest business publication. For those of you who can't read it, the gist of it is that the concept of crowdfunding is in its nascent state in Japan but it can become a viable funding model for anime and Japan-based projects, particularly in light of the success that Little Witch Academia and Project Phoenix (wooo!) have experienced!
For Little Witch Academia, the idea came as a result of Youtube commenters who expressed the desire to pay for the anime. In our case, we wanted to create a game with skilled developers and creators that wouldn't have gotten approval at a bigger company. This last point is especially relevant because of the generally risk-averse nature of the game industry and the relative niche that the JRPG genre occupies within most gamers' consciousness, making JRPGs relatively less appealing to companies deciding which games to pour resources towards, especially one that's looking to implement novel game mechanics.
This is why a platform like Kickstarter is so viable for allowing passion projects like ours to see the light of day! Without the backing of so many JRPG enthusiasts, we would not be able to succeed, and that why we're committed to updating you with regard to our progress. Not only does this keep us honest, it keeps you all informed of what's going on, like our Director hard at work this week looking through the Project Phoenix script:
So thank you again and for those who can read Japanese, don't spoil things tooooo much. ;D
Hagiwara-san's Responses Slightly Delayed...
But worry not! Asami Hagiwara has responded to your questions. We do need a bit of time to translate her words to your questions! But if you wanted to know about Hagiwara-san's day to day schedule... look no further than the picture below:
Ask Koya Takahashi Your Questions!
And up this week, we have Koya Takahashi, Project Phoenix's Lead Cinematic Artist! Those of you who've been following Project Phoenix will have seen Takahashi-san's work, particularly his rendition of the City of Cordo, shown below:
Needless to say, his beautiful artwork will go a long way towards making Azuregard come to life so that it can become the living, breathing entity that we're all striving towards. There are plenty of artistic considerations that go into creating the world and we're sure you're curious about the concept, so feel free to take this time to ask Takahashi-san your burning questions! Because of the timing required in translating your questions, get them in by 23:59pm on Tuesday, October 1 for your questions to be considered!