NEWS FLASH! Hideo Kojima supports UTD and so should you!!
Yes you heard right! For those of you that haven’t heard. Hideo Kojima, Director of Kojima Productions and Mr. Metal Gear himself announced his endorsement for the CIA project Under The Dog. Here’s his words as originally received in Japanese as well as a rough English translation (no I didn’t translate it myself!)
旧来の出資者やクライアントに縛られない、創り手(クリエーター)と世界中の消費者(ユ ーザー)がダイレクトにやりとりをする新しい「物創り」の形態が今、盛んに試されてい る。そんな中、一企業戦士(サラリーマン)として、数々の名作アドベンチャー・ゲームを 世に送り出してきた鬼才イシイジロウが、「物創り」の未来を問う挑戦を始めた。
イシイジロウの原作を基とするインディーズアニメ「UNDER THE DOG」のクラウドファン ディングである。
これは注目せずにはいられない。応援せずにはいられない。特にカルトな人気を誇るクリエ ーターが商業ベースとは異なる「物創り」でどう化学変化を起こすのか?ここに期待せず にはいられない。
イシイジロウのインディーズ参戦は、これからの「物創り」を方向付けるだけではなく、 同時に「ゲームデザイナーがストーリーテラーとしても世界に通用するかどうか?」の宣言 でもあるのだ。
“Coming with the permeation of the internet [in our daily lives], “creating” and a production’s “financing” structure have changed significantly.
Now, new methods of “creating” are being put to the test, where direct communication between the creator and the global user has become the norm and the creator is not bound by the former traditional investor or clientele. In such circumstances right now, a writer with remarkable talent, Jiro Ishii, who brought to the world numerous renowned adventure games during his “salary man” days, has now taken up the torch in order to challenge the traditions and establish this new future of “creating.” This is “Under the Dog,” the crowdfunding effort for an indie anime based on Jiro Ishii’s original story.
One cannot help but pay close attention to this project. One cannot help but cheer on this project. In particular, how can this creator who garners cult-like popularity catalyze a new chemical reaction [in the industry] by putting an emphasis on “creating,” which stands apart from the typical commercial oriented projects? One cannot help but look forward to this succeeding.
Jiro Ishii’s indie challenge will not only change the path for “creating,” but at the same time declare the answer for the question: Can game designers be accepted by the world as storytellers in [other mediums] as well?”
How’s that for awesome?!
After the last update went out with the fan art from GONTARO, our SD character designer Asami decided to do up some fan art of her own depicting Anthea, except this time with some friends to encourage people to help support Under The Dog! Check it out!
(Budd's Note: I <3 this :3 )
There’s less than 3 days remaining in the Kickstarter campaign and if you’ve been holding out, NOW IS THE TIME! PLEDGE NOW!!! Help make this happen and I’ll see if I can get Hiro to put on a wig to cosplay as Anthea in a video thanking everyone for making Under The Dog happen!
PS. Just heard that Hiro is going to attempt to do a Reddit AMA tonight (9Sep14) at 11pm EST.