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Happy New Year! Let's make R.u.N. a reality in 2015!
Update #3: R.u.N. Christmas Omake
Christmas has come early! This is our present to everyone! A mini R.u.N. Christmas Omake, featuring Jean, Keigo, Kishi & Onoyumi from R.u.N. enjoying the prizes of our perks.
Choose your favorite R.u.N. perk to give to your loved ones and your closest friends. Don’t miss the chance to have under your Christmas tree an exclusive present of R.u.N. !
Update #2: R.u.N. Chapter 8: Origami Traceur Online Unlocked!
30% of the goal reached in 2 weeks! It's time to release the closure chapter of R.u.n. Volume #1. A new character appears! A mysterious and artistic traceur shows a new point of view to origami and parkour!
Check out R.u.N. Chapter 8: Origami Traceur online here or click on the cover below.
Update #1: R.u.N. OST Track: Urban Ninjas Unlocked!
We reached the £1,000 mark! As a reward we are sharing with you a track from R.u.N. OST. The track's title is URBAN NINJAS. Check out the song and tell us your thoughts in the comment section!
In Ome, a city in northern Tokyo, the adventures of four different characters of different mentality and cultural background will take place. The only thing they have in common is their love for sports and parkour. The heroes are four children that destiny brought together to enable them not only to help each other but also to accomplish their personal goals. Tension, competitiveness, humor, friendship, intrigues and lots of parkour are the main elements of the world of R.u.N. Are you ready to Remember your Nature?
R.u.N. is a mainstream shonen manga based on the Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Shonen Magazine standards. The main hero is Jean Liam, a traceur from France who moves to Tokyo with his mother. Jean tries to adjust to his new life in Tokyo, where he meets Kishi Yaoura and Keigo Kagendori, two teenagers who love parkour. Their adventures lead them to Team Ninja, a team of traceurs, freerunners and tricksters. In this first volume of R.u.N. you will read an action packed high school adventure full of friendship, effort and parkour.
You can read all the chapters of R.u.N. Volume 1 for free in our online manga reader.
The tankoubon will include the eight chapters of R.u.N.:
We, Voutsidis Raphael and Hatzopoulos Kariofyllis- Chris are two childhood friends. We have grown up together in our hometown Thessaloniki, Greece. At a very early age we became interested in reading comics and manga and watching cartoon TV series and anime. It was a matter of time to decide that we wanted to focus on Japanese Culture, Tradition & Arts, mostly because it’s a unique and fascinating civilization.
We started writing original screenplay stories in manga format using our own imagination. In 2008 we started writing the story of our main project Remember ur Nature, aka R.u.N. a high school shonen sports manga series about parkour. Our main goal in this series is to express the fundamental philosophy and art of parkour adding a pinch of our imagination. We want to promote the true image of the original traceur, the traceur that practices parkour techniques in order to develop his skill, his mentality and himself in general. Unfortunately these days the meaning of parkour tends to be misinterpreted and that’s why we think that the traceurs who follow the hard path of the original parkour are the real heroes.
In 2010 we met and started working with the talented artist Manos Lagouvardos. Manos Lagouvardos had his own projects/commissions and a whole space opera series, called GALAXIA, PRINCESS OF THE STARS published in Greece. When he read some chapters of R.u.N. he gladly accepted to transform our screenplay into a real manga. This meant a lot to us because under the pressure of his own projects he believed in our vision and he became a core member of our team.
Also in 2010 we started working with Nikitas Efimidis, who is also a very talented and multiskilled artist. He can be an assistant artist, a 3D designer, an animator and a photographer at the same time! We knew from the moment we met him that he had to be a core member to our team in order to give a unique flavor to R.u.N, which Nikitas found amazing from the beginning.
Finally in 2012 Elijah K joined the Mangatellers Team as the composer of different music tracks that we use in videos, intros and of course the Original Soundtrack of R.u.N. which you can gain, by donating in some of the perks. Elijah has supported us numerous times and he was the guy behind the camera in the video of this campaign!
The main goal of our team is to promote the Japanese Pop Culture in Greece through our manga series and a variety of events and panels, not only in Thessaloniki but all over Greece. We hope someday to promote the Japanese Pop Culture in Europe too! Here are some photos from numerous panels and lectures about manga and our projects.
We have been fortunate and organized two very successful events about Japanese Pop Culture, Tradition and Arts in Greece, called RUN Thessaloniki. The key aspect of these events is the fusion of Japanese Culture with Parkour! Thousands of participants enjoyed the shows and the attractions. For our events we have worked together with prestigious organizations such as the Japanese Embassy in Greece, Japan Foundation, Thessaloniki: European Youth Capital 2014 and Thessaloniki: Film Festival.
Here are some of the photos from RUN Thessaloniki I and Japanese Anime Marathon Day (2013) and RUN Thessaloniki II (2014).
We have cooperated with the well-known musician Dimitris Violitzis from KRAMA. We asked him to create for us exclusive tracks for our animated intros too. Dimitris has also composed an original and exclusive track for the R.u.N. OST. The title of this bonus track is " SIx Degress of Seperations"
In cooperation with Parkour Generation we have managed to capture numerous reference photos for the proper presentation of parkour techniques in our manga.
Parkour Generations is the largest professional organisation for the stunning movement discipline known as parkour or freerunning. Working around the world for over a decade, the founding members of Parkour Generations came together to create a vehicle to transmit the incredibly strong benefits and positive effects of this amazing art form. Comprised of founders, pioneers and principal developers of the discipline of all generations, Parkour Generations is the authentic, original parkour collective.
We wanted the techniques to be as true as they are in real life and Parkour Generations are the most suitable reference source.
Dimitris "DK" Kyrsanidis
Last but not least a big shout out to our friend and homeboy Dimitris Kyrsanidis aka DK, a freerunner and parkour coach (Adapt Level 1), who has helped us a lot with the freerunning techniques that are shown in R.u.N. His dream was to become a Redbull athlete and take the first place in Art of Motion in Santorini. He managed to fulfill his dream in 2014!
His passion for our manga and his love for anime in general boosted his eagerness to display the techniques with a GoPro Camera for us so as to have a complete view of his perspective. This perspective has been the main reference for a lot of panels in R.u.N. Because of this Manos Lagouvardos has created a manga version of Dimitris Kyrsanidis in R.u.N. This drawing is signed by DK himself.
Thessaloniki Through Time: A manga oneshot for Thessaloniki: European Youth Capital 2014
Our hometown, Thessaloniki has been nominated European Youth Capital 2014 (aka EYC2014)! One of the main interests of the youth of Thessaloniki is Anime and Manga. In 2013 the committee of Thessaloniki: EYC2014 has reached our team with the proposition to create and publish a manga oneshot about the history of Thessaloniki.
After a lot of historical research and in cooperation with professors of the Aristotle University we managed to create the manga oneshot “THESSALONIKI THROUGH TIME”. The main characters of this manga oneshot are the heroes of R.u.N. and our second manga series Mythos, which is currently under development.
Here is a small preview of the manga oneshot “THESSALONIKI THROUGH TIME”
1. R.u.N. Volume 1 Tankoubon.
The manga tankoubon R.u.N. Volume 1, which includes the first 8 chapters of the series. You can read all the chapters online here: www.mangatellers.gr
2. R.u.N. Poster.
In most perks you can have the opportunity to collect one exclusive colored poster of R.u.N. A3 size.
The poster is the following.
3.Art Prints by Manos Lagouvardos.
From the list of our perks you can have an exclusive poster (size A3) signed by Manos Lagouvardos.
Here are all the posters you can choose from.
Mangatellers DON'T own any of the characters from the list of the Art Prints or have any affiliation with the rightful owners. Copyrights go to the rightful owners, no infringement is intended.
4. Thessaloniki Through Time (Manga Oneshot).
We have in our disposal 100 copies of “THESSALONIKI THROUGH TIME” just for the backers of the R.u.N. Kickstarter Campaign. Be the one who will get this unique copy by choosing one of the two perks from the list!
5. R.u.N. Original Soundtrack (OST).
We know that most of the Anime fans enjoy listening to theme songs of their favorite anime series. We also know that traceurs enjoy having songs full of energy and rhythm in their videos showing their parkour techniques or while they are training. That’s why we have combined these two passions into one collectible Original Soundtrack for R.u.N.!
Nine unique instrumental tracks have been composed by the very talented Elijah K , the musician of our team! We have also included a bonus track composed by Dimitris Violitzis of KRAMA exclusive for the R.u.N. OST. We are sure that both anime / manga fans and traceurs will love these songs.
Of course the backers who will get the CD of R.u.N. OST will enjoy an exclusive booklet created by Manos Lagouvardos!
R.u.N. OST Track: URBAN NINJA
6. Postcard: Dimitris DK Kyrsanidis.
Don’t miss the exclusive post card of Dimitris Kyrsanidis tricks that bears his signature.
7. Exclusive Parkour Generation Hoodie & DVD designed by Mangatellers.
We are very proud to include in the Parkour Generation Perk an exclusive Hoodie and DVD designed by our Team for the fans.
This hoodie has a double fabric hood for extra warmth, along with a kangaroo pouch to hold those essential training tools. There's even a earphone cord feed hole in the pouch leading up to earphone loops in the hood, so you'll never get tangled up mid-jump again.Hoodies come from a WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified company, ensuring that all garments are a result of lawful, ethical and humane manufacturing processes.
- Parkour Generations
- Yamakasi Founders
- Majestic Force
- RDV 1,2 & 3,
- Training in the Rain
- Parkour Indoor Academy
- A.D.A.P.T. Certification Programme Trailer
- RDV1 after hours
- Ohio Warm Up
- Ohio, Awaken the Touch
8. Become a character in R.u.N. Volume 1.
Don’t miss the perk SUPPORT TRACEUR! By choosing this perk you have the opportunity to become one of the classmates of Jean, Kishi & Keigo! You will have to send us a mail with your actual photo so that our artist can draw you.
9. Commission by Manos Lagouvardos.
Don’t miss the chance to have a commission of your favorite character by Manos Lagouvardos selecting the proper perk from the list!
Here are some samples of Comissions from Manos.
10. Original Artwork of Manos Lagouvardos.
If you are a true fan of Manos’ drawings, we are offering you the chance to have in your possession the original artwork of his famous art prints!
Grab your favorite one, before someone else takes it!The available original artworks are the following.
Mangatellers DON'T own any of the characters from the list of the Original Artwork or have any affiliation with the rightful owners. Copyrights go to the rightful owners, no infringement is intended.
11. Your Original Manga.
Finally, for the luckiest five, selecting the MANGA TRACEUR perk we are offering you the chance to write and draw for you a 5 page manga of your original characters! The screenplay of this manga will be written by Mangatellers and Manos Lagouvardos will draw your manga!
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Risks and challenges
All the 200 pages of R.u.N. Volume 1 tankoubon are ready in digital form! You can read them for free in the online manga reader: www.mangatellersmt.com After the publication of R.u.N. Volume 1, the chapters will still be available for everyone to read them online. We are planning to continue the serialization of R.u.N. for many more chapters, introducing new characters and villains! Also the tracks of the R.u.N. OST are ready!
The actual risks lie in the fact that we are a Greek Team that creates Japanese projects. For some people this seems strange and they don’t trust a project like this. Also another risk is that the goal may seem high for some people. We decided to include the international transportation cost in all the perks, except for the one with the Parkour Generation clothes. Another factor for the high goal is the heavy taxation system of our country.
If our campaign is successfully funded we will need some time to print the copies of R.u.N. Volume 1, to make the CDs of R.u.N. OST, get the clothes and the DVD from Parkour Generation and send them to all the backers on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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