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Pursuing dreams can be funny stuff... A Japanese-American web-series filled with tears and laughter! Beyond Anime, Sushi and Bukkake.
Pursuing dreams can be funny stuff... A Japanese-American web-series filled with tears and laughter! Beyond Anime, Sushi and Bukkake.
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WE'VE REACHED OUR KS GOAL on 10/05!!! Thank you so much everyone for donating and sharing!!

Though we reached our goal, we are still accepting donations till 10/17. Here are how we'd like to use the extra fund beyond $8,000.

* Subtitles in other languages. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE REQUESTED SUBTITLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES. With your help, we can make that happen. For example, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Indonesian and more.

* Submit to more web-series festivals than we planned with our initial budget.

* bigger promotion. We'll be able to hold more screenings, and more.

If this project keeps gaining momentum, we'll be able to expand our audience even more. Join us NOW to make a miracle happen!!

※ キックスターターキャンペーン、日本語の解説はこちらへどうぞ。日本語公式ウェブサイトの専用ページへ飛びます。手続きの詳細はこちらをどうぞ

What is 2nd Avenue about?

2nd Avenue is about a Japanese actress named Mariko who comes to New York from Tokyo. She dreams of becoming a successful actress in America. However, she cannot speak English, and she has no contacts or friends in NYC. One more thing, Mariko has no visa to stay in the States! The story begins when Mariko welcomes her new roommate Taichi. Taichi is a Japanese law school student, in need of an apartment after being kicked out of his house by his father because Taichi was gay. “

-Official website http://2aveen.weebly.com
-Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/2aveWebSeries 
-Twitter https://twitter.com/2ndAvenueNY
-Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/2avewebseries

Series Trailer #1

Wanna watch more? 

-Series Trailer #2 http://youtu.be/RG_JPhrA04E

-Ep.1 "The Invasion of Godzilla Tits" http://youtu.be/9jbXtOYNS1w

-Ep.2 "Failed Lucy Liu" http://youtu.be/xiL7BHgKJu0

-Ep.3 "Harajuku Zombie Girls" http://youtu.be/meGyjxJxkVM

 What’s unique about 2nd Avenue

 “We believe our show looks quite fresh to American viewers. It’s about two struggling and somewhat desperate young Japanese adults living in NYC. Japanese is one small ethnicity among many in the U.S. Likewise, 2nd Avenue looks unusual to a lot of Japanese viewers. There are restraints for TV shows in Japan. We rarely see tattooed characters or recreational drug use in a comedy show. Using the web as our platform, we don’t have to follow these restraints to tell our stories. A gay character like Taichi is another foreign element to Japanese viewers. Gay characters are not as welcome in Japan as they are in the current entertainment scene in the U.S. Japanese TV shows portray gay people often using gay stereotypes. We want to present gay characters to Japanese viewers as real people not merely as characters to laugh at. This is our writer Tsukasa’s long-cherished goal as a gay writer born and raised in Japan.” 

Does the viewer of 2nd Avenue have to understand Japanese?

 “We have more of the Japanese language than English in the first two episodes simply to introduce the two main characters. After that, the language of the show switches back and forth equally. 2nd Avenue is bilingual with both English-speaking and Japanese-speaking characters. Some characters speak both languages. Additionally, every episode has both English and Japanese subtitles. “ 

 What if the viewer of 2nd Avenue knows nothing about Japanese culture?

 “Sushi lovers and those familiar with Japanese pop culture will enjoy the show. However, those who are less aware of Japan will enjoy watching what it’s like to live in America as a foreigner. Indeed, American viewers will enjoy observing just how unique American culture looks through Japanese glasses. This show will be perfect for those who are curious about the cross-cultural dynamics in New York. We know American audiences will enjoy getting to know the small far eastern country with the great cuisine through references to Japanese culture and to Japanese popular entertainment features.” 

 How may I help the producers complete the first season? 

 “Our goal is to reach $8,000 to shoot three more episodes to complete the first season. We have shot the first three episodes in May, 2013. Episode #1 is already on our Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/2aveWebSeries) and the other 2 episodes are also ready to blossom onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone screen. The budget to produce the first three episodes was $7,449. Having Invested our own money initially, and thanks to our individual sponsors, we have raised $10,000 so far but we need $8000 more to continue. So we need your help to reach this new goal. Anything you can give is needed and is greatly appreciated! If we surpass our goal of $8000 of new funds any extra money will be used to improve the quality and for outreach so that as many people as possible can see 2nd Avenue.

 Along the way, we have received a great support from lots of local actors, artists and filmmakers in New York. Many thanks to our great casts; Gianmarco Soresi, Philip Lakin, Jack Dilday, Gameela Wright, Joel Bernstein, Toshiji Takeshima, Akira Takayama, Kaori Oiwa, Kiyo Takami, Tatsuo Ichikawa, Yasu Suzuki, and our amazing production team; Katsumi Funahashi, Nick Do, Richard Hamilton, Eric Perez, Saori Yamamoto, Soichiro Migita. Brendan Swift, Kerri Accardi, Anabel Caibedo, Kimberly McCauley, Ken Yoshioka, Julie Han, Keita Kawahara, Tahnee Tangherlini, Zhi Wangand, and of course, New Beard for their amazing Williamsburg sound. 

 What exactly is my money used for?

"$8,000 will help pay for the bare minimum of our costs including the following:" 

 1.Pre production: $150 
Copywright, Audition,Transportation, etc 

 2.Production: $5500 (9 days of shooting)
 Camera, Sound, Transportation, Meals & Craft Service, Costumes, Props, Hard drive, etc 

 3.Post Production: $3000
 Editing, Sound editing, etc 

 4. Promotion: $1500
 Ads, events, etc 

 "The above costs total $10,150. We have $2550 towards this goal leftover from our initial shooting days." 

 "That leaves $7600 to raise plus a Kickstarter fee of $400."

 "So our total Kickstarter goal is $8,000." 

What will I receive in return for my support? 

 "We have several great rewards depending on your pledge amount." 

Featured Reward; $300 Invitation to our premier screening! and you will also receive signed script in a 2nd avenue original eco bag .

May I date the cute cast of 2nd Avenue if I give a lot of money? 

 "No. Well...maybe if you give a shitload." 

Why did creator of the 2nd Avenue make this web-series? 

 “Because WE LOVE OUR NEW LIVES IN NEW YORK!! As foreign artists, we have so much appreciation for the city of New York and the people in it. We love how everybody here is amazingly unique and inspires one another. We hope to share the city’s diversity and openness with people, especially to people in Japan, who are often under the pressure to harmonize with others.”

Risks and challenges

There are inherent risks of delay dependent on schedule conflicts for indie movie productions like ours. The process of producing a movie means, hiring a crew and actors, hunting locations, shopping craft services, researching parking lots, planning a shooting schedule of less than 10 hours each day, sticking to the schedule, and dealing with any accidents. And then after these initial hurtles are crossed watching the movie, editing it, getting professional feedback, re-editing the edit, getting feedback about the edited edit, editing the edited edit... and trying desparately to not go insane! However, having finished the first three episodes, we know what the production process takes and are excited and ready for the demanding but rewarding process to complete the rest of the first season. We are lucky to have skilled collaborators on board from the previous production."

“There are risks of delay in the fulfillment process. Kickstarter has a strict timeline as do our intial backers. We will communicate with everyone throughout the campaign on kickstarter to ensure the fulfillment process sticks to the timeline. We will be available through website, facebook, and twitter."

Thank you so very very much for your time and consideration, and hopefully thank you for your support !

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    ☆ ご参加ありがとうございます!「二アベ」ファミリーの一員として、限定アップデートを共有していただけます。さらに、二アベ特製「ありがとう」壁紙で、感謝の気持ちをお届けします。

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    -Shout out your name at the top of our lungs with "Thank you" on facebook.
    ☆ 1ドルのリワードに加え、Facebookにてお名前と御礼の気持ちを叫ばせていただきます!

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    all above and…
    -LMFAO Signed Digital Post Card 
    -Early link to the new episodes
    -Exclusive link to the deleted scene from episode 1-3. 
    ☆ 10ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。さらに、二アベ特製・爆笑ポストカード、第4話〜6話へおリンクをひと足先に、第1話〜3話(シリーズ前半)で削除したシーンの限定リンクもお届け!

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    (NEW!) All above and… -You are our supporter!!! we'll add your name as ”supporter” on 2nd Avenue website. -LMFAO Signed Digital Post Card  -Early link to the new episodes -Exclusive link to the deleted scene from episode 1-3. ☆ 10ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。さらに、ウェブサイトに”サポーター”として、お名前を記載させていただきます!さらに、二アベ特製・爆笑デジタルポストカード、第4話〜6話への先行リンク、さらに、第1話〜3話(シリーズ前半)で削除したシーンの限定リンクもお届けします。

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    All above and …
    -Exclusive link to the deleted scene from episode 4~6 (if any)
    -Exclusive download of episode1~3 (HD)
    -Add your name to our website ”supporters” page
    ☆ 25ドル以下のリワードをすべてお届け。さらに、第4話〜6話で削除したシーン(もしあれば)の限定リンク、第1話〜3話(シリーズ前半)の限定ダウンロード、ウェブサイトに”サポーター”として、お名前を記載させていただきます!

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    (NEW!)All above and … - "Special Thanks" to YOU!! Your name is on the end roll of the episode 4~6 -Exclusive link to the deleted scene from the entire season including episode 4~6 (if any) -Exclusive download of episode1~3 (HD) ☆ 25ドル以下のリワードをすべてお届け。さらに、第4話〜6話のエンドロールの”スペシャルサンクス”欄へお名前を記載させていただきます!第1話〜3話(シリーズ前半)の限定ダウンロード、そして、 第4話〜6話も含めた全シリーズで削除したシーンの限定リンクも差し上げます。

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    All above and…
    -Exclusive link to bloopers, different footage from Ep. 1~6
    -Exclusive download of the entire series Ep. 1~6 (HD)
    ☆ 50ドル以下のリワードをすべてお届け。さらに、第1話〜6話(全シリーズ)でのNGシーン、別テイクの映像、第1〜6話(全シリーズ)の限定ダウンロードをお届け!

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    All above and…
    -Exclusive link to a industry exclusive promotional video from 2012.
    -NY & Williamsburg Exploring Map (PDF, including our shooting location, favorite lunch places, and lots of other personal favorites. We know things NY guidebooks don't know!)
    -Shout out to you with big “Thank you!!!” on our Thank you video (Request how you would like us to say "Thank you". Shout, sing, dance, doing yoga? We will try our best. This is going to be uploaded on our youtube channel! You can give us a nickname if you like.)
    ☆ 70ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。さらに、2012年版業界内プロモーション用トレイラーへのリンク、ニューヨーク&ブルックリン探索MAP(ロケ場所、お気に入りのランチどころ、その他わたしたちのお気に入りスポット。ガイドブックには載らない、生のニューヨーカーのおすすめたちです!)をお届け。また、「キックスターター完了ありがとうビデオ」にて、わたしたちが、お名前と、ありがとう!を言わせていただきます。叫ぶ、歌う、踊る等、リクエストをどうぞ。ご希望に添うよう頑張ります。YouTubeチャンネルでアップロード予定。

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    (NEW!)All above and… - 2nd Avenue DVD copy signed by Maho, Mari, Tsukasa. Find your name on the end credit of the episode 4~6! Please add $5 if you live outside of the U.S. Thanks! (This is not included in the rewards over $200. If you want this DVD instead of the exploring MAP, please email us.) -Exclusive link to an industry exclusive promotional video from 2012. -Shout out to you with big “Thank you!!!” on our Thank you video (Request how you would like us to say "Thank you". Shout, sing, dance, doing yoga? We will try our best. This is going to be uploaded on our youtube channel! You can give us a nickname if you like.) ☆ 70ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。さらに、第1〜6話を収録した限定DVDに、二アベクリエイター3人が心を込めてサインをしてお届けします。恐れ入りますが、アメリカ国外へ発想希望の方は、郵送費5ドルを追加ください。よろしくお願いします。さらに、一般公開されていない2012年版業界内プロモーション用トレイラーへのリンク、また、「キックスターター完了ありがとうビデオ」にて、わたしたちが、お名前と、ありがとう!を言わせていただきます。叫ぶ、歌う、踊る等、リクエストをどうぞ。ご希望に添うよう頑張ります。YouTubeチャンネルでアップロード予定。

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    -Invitation to a Live Q&A Group Chat (Japanese / English). This will be recorded and uploaded on our YouTube channel! We will try our best to accommodate your schedule)
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。近藤、川出、本田と一緒に、オンライングループチャットによる、二アベ・パネルディスカッションへご招待。英語、日本語可能です。YouTubeチャンネルで生配信予定。スケジュールはできるだけご希望に添うように調節させていただきます。10名様限定!

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    a Skype English lesson by Tsukasa. Tsukasa is actually a professional ESL teacher! (30min) We will try our best to accommodate your schedule.
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。さらに、近藤司による英語スカイプレッスン(30分)へご招待。彼はESLで英語を教えるプロの先生の顔も持っています。スケジュールはできるだけご希望に添うように調節させていただきます。3名様限定!

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    -Invitation to our premier screening (1 person)
    -Signed script in a 2nd Avenue original eco bag (If you don't live in NY but within the U.S, we will mail it to you. If you live outside of the U.S. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you! )
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会にご招待(1名様)。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします!郵送可。アメリカ国外へ郵送をご希望の方は、郵便代10ドルを追加ください。よろしくお願いします。

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    - A Japanese lesson by Maho and Tsukasa using 2AVE script as a text book (1 hour). We will try our best to accommodate your schedule. Limited to the NYC Metropolitan area.
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。近藤と本田による、二アベを教科書にした日本語レッスンへご招待。1時間。スケジュールはできるだけご希望に添うように調節させていただきます!ニューヨーク内で開催。交通費は含みません。10名様限定!

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    Signed script (Pick your favorite episode) in a 2nd Avenue original eco bag
    Invitation to our premier screening (2 people)
    (If you live outside of the U.S. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you! )
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会にご招待(2名様)。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします!郵送可。アメリカ国外へ郵送をご希望の方は、郵便代10ドルを追加ください。よろしくお願いします。

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    -Invitation to our premier screening and a Christmas party (followed by the screening, 2 people)
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会、さらに、二アベ・クリスマスパーティーにご招待(2名様)。スクリーニングと同日です。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします!郵送可。

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    -Invitation to our premier screening and a Christmas party (followed by the screening, 2 people)
    -On set visit (1 person. Lunch on set is included. Late Oct~ Nov, 2013. We will try our best to accommodate your schedule. Please provide your own transportation. Thank you!)
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会、さらに、二アベ・クリスマスパーティーにご招待(2名様)。スクリーニングと同日です。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします。郵送可。さらに、撮影セットにご招待!セットで二アベのキャストやクルーと一緒に、ランチを食べましょう。スケジュールはできるだけご希望に添うように調節させていただきますが、撮影の都合による制限があることをご了承ください。交通費は含みません。2名様限定!

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    -Associate Producer credit
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会、さらに、二アベ・クリスマスパーティーにご招待(2名様)。スクリーニングと同日です。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします。郵送可。また、番組のアソシエイト・プロデューサーのクレジットを差し上げます!

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    -Executive Producer credit
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会、さらに、二アベ・クリスマスパーティーにご招待(2名様)。スクリーニングと同日です。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします。郵送可。また、番組のエグゼキュティブ・プロデューサーのクレジットを差し上げます!

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    -Signed script (Pick your favorite episode) in a 2nd avenue original eco bag
    -Invitation to our premier screening and a Christmas party (followed by the screening, 2 people)
    -Invitation to dinner with Tsukasa, Maho and Mari at their favorite restaurant. (Limited to the NYC Metropolitan area.)
    -Chief Executive Producer credit
    ☆ 100ドル以下のリワードを全てお届け。第4〜6話のプレミア試写会、さらに、二アベ・クリスマスパーティーにご招待(2名様)。スクリーニングと同日です。交通費は含みません。ご来場の際には、サイン入りの台本(好きなエピソードをひとつお選びください)を、二アベオリジナルエコバッグに入れてお渡しします。郵送可。さらに、近藤、川出、本田と一緒に、お気に入りのレストランでのディナーへご招待(2名様)。また、番組のチーフ・エグゼキュティブ・プロデューサーのクレジットを差し上げます!

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