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An anime science fiction action thriller that will explore what it means to live and die well, testing the limits of all we hold dear
An anime science fiction action thriller that will explore what it means to live and die well, testing the limits of all we hold dear
12,157 backers pledged $878,028 to help bring this project to life.

Reboot Comments

Posted by Mentat Studios LLC (Creator)
We apologize for our long silence.


As it was announced in the recent Kickstarter updates, Under the Dog is getting a fresh and new start!

先日、KickstarterのUpdateで発表されましたように、Under the Dogは心機一転、新しいスタートを迎えました!   

As our staff roster had been solidified, the animation production is already under way. 


From now on, we promise to update this website regularly and frequently to give you our latest and exciting news.


So please look forward to what’s coming, and keep supporting Under the Dog!

どうぞお楽しみに!そしてUnder the Dogへの引き続きの応援、よろしくお願いいたします!

As a start, we here present messages from our top two creative talents: 


I'm very glad to hear that the production for Under the Dog has started. And I sincerely apologize for everyone who was left concerned.

Under The Dogの制作がスタートした事を大変嬉しく思います。ご心配かけた皆さんには大変申し訳ございません。

Meanwhile, as the original storywriter of Under the Dog, my work had already come to near completion before the launch of the Kickstarter campaign. So the remaining work for me in the backstage now is to root for the production team in presenting a wonderful animation work for the viewers.


As for the production staff, I've heard that the members, including Director Ando, who worked on the promotion video (pilot film) are expected to participate again.


This is the team who made the promotion video with such outstanding quality. So I'm excited to find out myself how the actual episode will turn out. I'll eagerly wait with patience together with all the backers for the project's completion.


Jiro Ishii

Original storywriter and co-scriptwriter for Under the Dog

「Under The Dog」原作・共同脚本 イシイジロウ


Our production staff is united as one to create animation work that meets the expectations from our backers. So I thank you for your continued support.

Masahiro Ando (Director)


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    1. Missing avatar

      Brett S.

      @John Ellis: Can't really agree with that, though regarding the show itself I enjoyed Soul Eater Not (though not as much as the main show). It was a fun show and it still looked pretty good and it was fun going back to that awesome Soul Eater world, but I really liked the original show's art style.

      I'm not good at describing it so someone else can probably describe the differences way better than this but:
      Her overall look and outfit may be the same but her face in both design and coloring is more rounded and soft and kind of "shiny" in Not compared to the original show which changes the impression of the art style compared to the solid bolder look and colors of the character art of the original show (same thing with the way they drew and colored her hair despite being the same overall hair style). The changes fit the character art of the new show though and aren't too bad when you consider her being younger in the prequel, though we did already see her in some flashbacks in the original show.

      The background art is pretty much very similar in both shows though ofcourse.

      Also there are other pictures out that there that show the differences in the art style even more obviously than that one Gabriel posted.

      Anyway, I guess we're king of off-topic. :)

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      John Ellis on

      @Brett Schwartz
      I don't get it, apart from Makas eyes nothing really has changed.

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      Brett S.

      @Gabriel Scocozza
      Oh yeah, and hopefully Yusuke Kozaki keeps the characters looking so great to ease our fears on that. :)

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      Brett S.

      Yup, no problem. :) I agree with the possible fear of such a change.

      And yeah I agree with you, Soul Eater Not's art style was a let down. I'm not sure, but from what I remember the manga version of Not looked pretty much just like the regular manga so that made the changed art for the anime version even more disappointing after the original Soul Eater anime was such a gorgeous looking show.

    5. Gabriel Scocozza on

      @Brett Schwartz

      yeah... I know, but my english is limited... so... you know what i want to say, don't you?

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      Brett S.

      The original writer and director are still there who actually made the trailer, so hopefully not much has really changed and it will still resemble the excellent sample video even if they make some changes.

      Soul Eater Not was actually just a side story spinoff prequel, not a reboot.

    7. Gabriel "X" Solis on

      From your Update #35 "Forging Forward"

      "Although a brief preparation is still necessary and a full-fledged operation by the new UTD creative team is expected around mid-February, in the meantime we will stay in touch with you by regular updates and FAQs which we are preparing right now."

      When can we expect the FAQ? Because, it's really important for us, the backers, to really have honest answers of what happened, specially when you are using words such as "Reboot" which could mean that nothing we pledged for could be done.

    8. James Closs on

      Cool, sounds like things are getting back on track.

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      Takumi Furukawa on


    10. Fadamor on

      Hmm... is it a flaw in Kickstarter that continues to say these posts are coming from CIA?

      And yes, the apologizing has exceeded its usefulness. I know that Japanese culture almost requires apologies anytime something has not been delivered yet, but you can ごめんなさい only so many times before it starts sounding like a broken record.

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      Jarbas Lima Alves da Silva on

      Okay, so "going forward", would you kindly answer the questions posted by user FlamingWire 2 updates ago that you ignored? This would be a good show of faith and would help rebuild the trust you lost.

      I'm copying them here:

      (1) What's the story behind the departure of CIA? Was this due to creative differences, conflict of interest, or something less serious?

      (2) Regardless of the reason for not mentioning it previously, it is essential that there be some word on why this happened and what difference this makes for the overall project and (most importantly) what impact this will have on the final animation.

      (3) How exactly will the rewards will be handled?

      (4) Will the promise that "all future installments" in the franchise will be digitally distributed to backers who backed above/at the $20 be upheld even though the producers have changed?

      (5) Where does the money stand for this project? Is there still enough to complete this project and deliver all tier rewards?

      (6) What will be the schedule for giving updates? Do you have a planned monthly/weekly/daily schedule, or do you have something else in mind?

      (7) Please give us updates with some footage of what's being worked on or even sketches of story boards as we go along!

      (8) Will you be setting out a production timeline to follow and tell us so that we know when to expect information/the final rewards and animation on a consistent basis?

      (9) Could we see a sample of the script for the opening scene of the production? (not essential, but would be nice to see so that we can see how the writing is for this animation)

      (10) Can we please know what kind of creative input that Yura had in the project? Just a simple credit of whether it was something like music, script, or story-boarding would be appreciated by all backers if you can't give specifics.

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      Mark Alcock on

      Okay, you know what? I'm getting sick of all these "reassurance" and "apology" updates. I've lost count of the amount. It's not at all helping or putting our fears to rest, no matter who it's from. After what's happened, I think we deserve a damn explanation! You haven't answered a single damn question! Why not start by answering the question that's been on everybody's lips since the start of this trouble: what about our backers benefits?! And I expect an actual answer next time, not another one of those "oh, we understand your concerns" things where you tell us of the "impressive" personnel that are working on it as well as how cool it's going to be. ANSWER. OUR. QUESTIONS.

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      Draikin on

      Jiro Ishii's comment isn't exactly helpful, since it sounds like he barely knows what's going on and apparently won't be involved with the production. I'm not sure what the point is in posting his comment when we have a ton of questions that are left unanswered.

      I'm tired of trying to get answers from whoever took over the project. All we know is that the people that we pledged our money to were forced to give up the project. I seriously question if what happened here was even legal. The questions I submitted through the "contact me" link have been left unanswered, as well as all the multiple questions I (and other backers) have asked here on the Kickstarter page. I guess I'll have to talk to Kickstarter and Amazon instead.

    14. Jean-Philippe Turcotte on

      I agree with @Dawn_ and @Michael Woods: this update is making this project look even more hazardous.

    15. Jon-Marc KangaRue on

      I'm looking forward to it!

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      progste on

      Just stay true to the trailer and it'll be fine. That is what sold me and that is what I want to get!

    17. Michael Woods on

      FINGER, the word 'reboot' is, I'm assuming, used here to mark a fresh start in the production. It's a marketing ploy to try and help smooth things over. I don't think it is having the desired effect.

    18. Michael Woods on

      You know, there isn't much point in updating us if you aren't going to give any information. Every empty update makes me feel less confident in the project. I truly hope everything will work out, but honestly, I don't have that kind of confidence in Under The Dog right now.

    19. finger on

      The word "reboot" sounds menacing. The project is going fine, you've just changed the teams. What is there to reboot?

    20. Rorschachinstein on

      This will project will make or break any future animes funded through crowd funding. If the team can pull this one through, it'd be awesome.

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      Dan Gaudet on

      Watching the trailer was definitely what sold me on this, so in that regard, I hope it's not going to change too much to be honest. I'm one of the first batch who pledged over 600$ as well, so I'm a little scared to think that it will turn out to not be what we at first pledged to make. Also, will the tiered rewards be changed at all? I hope my concerns don't come off as insulting.

    22. Dawn_

      That update rather than explaining anything makes it even more ambiguous.

    23. Zachary Reese on

      So, by reboot, is anything changing in regards to story and characters?

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      Roger Hylton on

      Any word on possible refunds or lowering of tiers? Or that survey?

    25. Megan Eaton on

      Will you add more stuff to the store or bring back items that sold out? I'd like to get the figure but it's not available

    26. David Kaldor on