The ANIME SUSHI Kickstarter Project is for the launching of a weekly half-hour series that blasts at warp speed through the universe of anime, manga and gaming, keeping fans in close touch with these industries' hugely-popular television, movies, print formats, games and toys. The show’s raison d'être is to better connect and inform the huge anime and gaming fan bases, providing a single information and entertainment portal that brings fans everything they want to know in a fast-paced and fun weekly series.
The idea of having a grass-roots support for this series comes from its being not just about new shows and games, or about meeting artists and stars as they do their on screen magic, but it's about the creative and savvy fans making content, too! Fans will be included in segments through media they send in. They can become re-occuring hosts or just send photos of their cool costumes and other ideas
ANIME SUSHI is hosted by Tadao Tomomatsu, who was a regular on the British TV show Banzai and is the perennial toastmaster of the annual Anime LA conventions. Tadao brings the show his unique and appealing persona, his strong recognition within Otaku culture, his razor sharp wit and his polished, professional on-camera presence. With his comprehensive knowledge of anime and manga, he’s a natural.
The series co-stars segment host Ella Bowen, a multi-talented performer: singer, dancer and comedienne. Ella is an adept interviewer and reporter who can quickly develop chemistry with her subjects to bring out their personalities and points of view. Like Tadao, she knows the anime, manga and video game worlds inside and out.
Because both of them are talented performers who are also genuine authorities on the anime, manga and gaming art forms and industries, they can speak fluently and with authority about the people, companies, TV shows, feature films, manga and video games that are such a big part of our viewers’ worlds.
ANIME SUSHI covers all aspects of the world of anime and manga, spanning feature film releases, American and Japanese TV series action, video games, the latest DVD offerings, new manga titles, the color and excitement of cons, appealing character art products, fun cosplay fashions and many other attention grabbers.
Mining a vein of rich content, the show is delivered in a light, comedic and entertaining wrapper that dodges the magazine show label by mixing review and info segments with elements such as sketch comedy, reality show parodies, mock game shows, interplay with internet savvy fans, cosplay masquerades and musical pieces like the hottest AMV’s (anime music videos).
Episode Description: Curiosity has been raised as to what would be on a typical episode of "Anime Sushi" -!*@*!- Well, Tadao and Ella would open at the home stage and then it would look a bit like this:
Tadao shares some of the latest news, including screening many clips from current and upcoming shows and movies.
He throws to Ella for a location piece, perhaps an anime con, perhaps a movie premiere, but always something for the eye.
Then back to Tadao for an interview with a major figure in the anime or gaming world.
For three Acts the show often flies through uncharted territory, into the inner workings of the animation or gaming industry with an up close look at a studio where artists, writers, computer geeks and other crazed geniuses join forces to make on-screen magic.
Fans will be celebrated in their brilliant cosplay attire. Everywhere we look it's theater, when fans show the passion, laughs and games of anime. Internet savvy viewers describe their discerning thoughts about the shows they love by Youtubes and posting photos.
Now it’s time for the anime rumor mill, where Tadao and Ella gleefully turn into hardcore rumor mongers as they delve into the underground info – or mis-info – and run the gamut of the gossip circuit.
Tadao gives us a brief closing monologue and goes out teasing the next episode.
How we are focusing on getting a great series for you!: All of the principal makers of this piece have worked in the Hollywood/Los Angeles entertainment business for 25 to 30 years. The editors have cut multiple feature films, edited on several television series shows for the major networks and PBS. The writers have equal experience. We will be using much of our own equipment and are very focused on making a high quality (fun to watch) show with a minimal budget.
The first shooting will start by mid February 2013. Like any magazine format/documentary project there will be a lot of extra material shot. We intend to complete the 1st episode 30 min edit by early March. Being resourceful, we also plan to have rough edits blueprinting 2 additional episodes by late April 2013.
Look at those rewards on the right! $10 would help a bunch! Thank you for your support!
Acknowledgements and thanks: TKD Visions, LLC would like to acknowledge and thank the makers of all material included in this documentary demonstration of a proposed future program. It is our intent that the actual television series will exist to promote and place in positive light all such material and will secure a continued working relationship to ensure promotion of said programming. Good publicity for them, good entertainment for us. Our show’s raison d'être is to better connect the enormous media and merchandising business of anime/manga and video gaming with the industry’s huge fan base, providing a single information and entertainment portal that brings fans everything they want to know in a fast-paced and fun weekly series.
We would like to thank:
Gonzo Radix 02 TBS Dentsu Inc. TMS Entertainment Black Cat Production Committee Ryoji Matsuda Puppypet D Gray Man Katsura Hoshino Kaoru Wada Funimation Entertainment Brand New World Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann Dragon Ball Z Kai Yu Yu Hakusho Super Street Fighter Hatsune Miku - World is Mine Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa Viz Media Explosion Anime - documentary Masters of Fantasy - The Anime Film Makers Dai Sato on Creating Anime Deadman Wonderland Jinsei Kataoka Kazuma Kondou Naruto Shippuden Akira Toriyama
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk in making television, film and video projects. Because we are experienced television and film professionals, we are aware of many of the challenges producers face in the development and marketing of any entertainment industry project. One concern is that among the over 200 networks now delivering content over the air, on cable, and via satellite systems, none may find that our project meets their current programming needs. Even our fallback position of distributing our show over one of the numerous internet streaming video services, such as Neon Alley (with whom we are in touch), poses challenges. One is that they may not accept our series for their channel. Another is that because some of these channels are sponsorship financed, our series not generate the large and broad audience needed to make this business model work.
Thanks for your donation of $5! You will receive a pre-airing digital download of our finished pilot – see it before the general public. Then we will also keep you in the loop of "Anime Sushi" production shoots, maybe we'll be in your neighborhood or at an anime convention near you!
NEW REWARD if you..
Even $5 gets you life-time founder membership!
Anime, Cosplay, YOUR way!
Membership let's you BE in the 1st episode, post a youtube or a photo, we'll put it in! (When you place your support we will give your directions!--just ask! *@*) This goes for ALL BACKERS!!
Thanks for your donation of $10! You will receive a pre-airing digital download of our finished pilot and a special limited edition collectible postcard. Then we will also keep you in the loop of "Anime Sushi" production shoots, maybe we'll be in your neighborhood or at an anime convention near you!
Thanks for your donation of $20! You will receive all previous rewards mentioned above plus exclusive access to a behind the scenes video download. Then we will also keep you in the loop of "Anime Sushi" production shoots, maybe we'll be in your neighborhood or at an anime convention near you!
Thanks for your donation of $50! You will receive all previous rewards mentioned above plus a signed picture of our hosts Tadao Tomomatsu and Ella Bowen and a listing on the thank you page of our website as a Bronze Level Sponsor.
Thanks for your donation of $500! You will receive all previous rewards plus a special collectable limited edition show title branded t-shirt and a special listing on the thank you page of our website as a Silver Level Sponsor.
Thanks for your donation of $1000! You will receive all previous rewards plus thank you credit on all DVD copies of the pilot and a special listing on the thank you page of our website as a Gold Level Sponsor.
Thanks for your donation of $5,000! You will receive all previous rewards plus a special listing on the thank you page of our website as a Platinum Level Sponsor. You will also be invited to the cast and crew screening of the pilot and then treated to dinner (with a friend if applicable) with Tadao, Ella and the producers. Coach air fare will be paid (continental US only) for investor, or if investor is local to Southern California and doesn’t need to fly in, a friend can be flown in. Flight will be arranged after consultation regarding length of stay and scheduling. (We can not cover accommodations, local transportation, incidentals or meals except for the group dinner.)
Thanks for your donation of $10,000! You will receive previous rewards up through the $5,000 level, plus end-title screen credit on the pilot as Co-Producer, listing with that title on IMDb, and special recognition on the thank you page of our website as a Diamond Level Sponsor.