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Project Phoenix is a JRPG with a squad based RTS game design, brought to you by veteran developers and creators from the East and West.
Project Phoenix is a JRPG with a squad based RTS game design, brought to you by veteran developers and creators from the East and West.
15,802 backers pledged $1,014,600 to help bring this project to life.

NEWS FLASH! Hideo Kojima supports UTD and so should you!!

Posted by CIA, Inc. (Creator)

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!)


ネットの浸透と共に、「物創り」とその制作における「資金調達」の仕組みも大きく変 化してきた。

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.




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    1. Missing avatar

      K Wizzy on

      Can you guys stop giving Under the Dog details to Project Phoenix backers?
      One is enough, especially if the notifications also don't have any meaningful details about Project Phoenix.

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      VkBest on

      Joao I don´t try to convince you, in fact they were funded already. how many backers would they need if they would give a copy for $5? you are comparing video game budget with anime budget, that is ridiculous, a good and talent group can make a great game with low budget because their talent, even having talent anime need man power drawing frame to frame.

      Even a anime chapter of 23 minutes (repeating the opening and ending every chapters) low budget and normal/bad animation for TV cost $150k. Besides I think you are forgetting 10% kickstarter tax + cost for replicate blu ray, figure, and merchandising and the cost of sending internationally.

      Anyway, its your money, but I think you are wrong in your arguments, because you are comparing apple and oranges.

      See you.

    3. Ahmed on

      Wow, you guys did it. That exploded overnight!

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      João Pedro on


      I don't think you get me. It's not about the price and sincerely, as a consumer, I also don't care much for the production costs. If the productions cost are that high, then they might as well push for the longer length. No point in trying to make it shorter to make the money due if we won't receive enough stuff for that production.

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      VkBest on

      @geomancer, well I´m from Spain, so my english is a little poor, but I think this sentence contradict your point.

      "Backers who pledge at the $20 reward tier and higher will also have digital access to any future Under the Dog animations that we produce. That means if we fund here and only create the 24 min."

      I think they are including even material not funded by kickstarter if the first OVA is funded, but maybe my english translation were wrong.

    6. Ahmed on

      I have to agree with everyone else: this really sounds desperate, and not for Project Phoenix backers at all. It's fine if it was at the footer of a PP update.

      The value proposition isn't there, and the premise is not appealing at all. Of course, execution is everything, but that's the one thing we aren't getting to see unless the backing is successful.

    7. Geomancer on


      That's only if they meet the stretch goes for those extra episodes. Which frankly isn't likely with only 3 days left and the original goal not even met yet.

      I'm personally not supporting it because I find $20 to be too expensive, even if they made all 3 episodes and/or feature film. Blockbuster films are less than that, including Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks animated films. In addition the episodes/film will not be in my language which for me personally decreases the value. I prefer to watch TV/Movies rather than read them.

      They're asking for a financial investment without a financial return. With Project Phoenix you can invest $25 and in return get a game that will cost more.

    8. FaceLicker on

      I paid money to support Project Phoenix and that is what I want to see meaningful updates for. I did not pay money to view advertisements for another kickstarter campaign.

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      VkBest on

      @Joao Pedro

      "Backers who pledge at the $20 reward tier and higher will also have digital access to any future Under the Dog animations that we produce. That means if we fund here and only create the 24 min. OVA, if we go on (as we plan to) to make a film or trilogy of films, then the backers who pledged here for $20 or more will also be able to download those films!"

      Making anime is extremely expensive, maybe they could increase the duration with that budget but probably losing animation quality. Anyway, get all they will produce on that series with $20 i think is both a bet and cheap.

    10. Nour Hanieh on

      omfg you people need to like seriously donate to keep UTD alive cu'z i want the BDs and the extras!! ><!!

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      João Pedro on


      Whoa, hyperbole man, calm down.

      Show me a porn star willing to fight criminals with pistols in the mean streets of future Tokyo and that porn star will get several points in my book.The character design is not the problem with this project.

      No guys, the reason why I'm not interested in the project is because a 24-minute action animation, no matter how incredibly well animated it will be, it's not enough time to make a compeling story/sequence.

      this is the kind of project that could have tried to go for a more ambitious goal, with a higher goal but for a +50 minutes episode. Also, I see that the creators are really engaged in the concept, but It is a pretty well-run concept. Gun-toting protagonist fighting terrorists is a tough concept to sell.

      I still hope you manage, but I'm simply not interested.

    12. Dunkare on

      No, I will not. Because it looks not really special or exciting. Just another "cool girl kills bad guys in sexy battle dress" movie. I mean, why would anyone wear such a revealing outfit as protection in a gunfight? Makes no sense. They should try creating believable characters and have them look like the people they're supposed to be, not like porn stars acting the part. Then I will give them my support/money.

    13. Michael St. George Matatics

      Please people, help support Under the Dog! It's really cool imho! It's still a few thousand shy of its goal but it's getting there. Any contribution to help tip the scale in the direction of hitting that goal would be much appreciated.