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A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.

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Everyone would like to say thank you for your support! (From left to right - Aymeric Kevin, Masaaki Yuasa, Michio Mihara and Eunyong Choi)
Everyone would like to say thank you for your support! (From left to right - Aymeric Kevin, Masaaki Yuasa, Michio Mihara and Eunyong Choi)

Meet the Staff

Here is a little video that was put together to introduce you to the four main staff working on this project.

NEW Paypal Account (Updated Oct 26th)

We now have a Paypal account setup for backers who don't wish to use a credit card. If you have already made a pledge on Kickstarter, then we kindly ask that you do not switch over to Paypal since that might risk lowering our total funds raised on Kickstarter. The money collected from Paypal will be added to the total funds collected for the project, and will also be counted toward the stretch goals. If we reach a stretch goal with our combined Kickstarter and Paypal funds, then we will notify everyone that we have achieved our stretch goal.

既にキックスターターで募金して下さった方以外の、 クレジットカードをお持ちでない方のためにペイパル口座を開設いたしました。 ペイパルで集まった資金は全てキックスターターのファンドへ移行されます。キックスターターとペイパルの合計額は、その都度みな様に御報告させて頂きますので、引き続き宜しくお願い致します。

NEW Stretch Goals (Updated Oct 26th)

  • 175k = Spanish Subtitles, +2 minutes (Total: 12 minutes)
  • 200k = English Dub, with help from Richard Epcar, the voice of Batou in the English dub of the Ghost in the Shell Films/Series. LA Premiere Screening and Party sponsored by Titmouse Animation Studios (date to be announced).
  • 225k = 3-5 minute animated Oorutaichi music video directed by Masaaki Yuasa    
  • 400k = +30 minutes of extended animation (total length 40 minutes)
  • 1 Million = Kick-heart Feature Film

NEW Reward Upgrades (Updated Oct 12)

Based on user feedback we have upgraded many of our awards with physical items. Items such as:

  • Japanese Poster
  • Postcard
  • DVD
  • Soundtrack OST

International Customers

We will cover the shipping as part of the reward. At your discretion, you may add extra money to your pledge to help with shipping if you want to do so.

DRM & Region Free

Our digital downloads will be DRM free and our Blu-ray and DVD's will be region free. 

Recent Updates

Oct 12th, 2012 -French Subtitles Announced! We are happy to announce that our Blu-ray Disk will now come with French subtitles! [ Article ]

Oct 8th, 2012 - HD Updgrade! Based on user feedback, we have increased the resolution of our digital downloads. Thanks again for your support of this project!

  • [ The Monkey Flip ] - 480p upgraded to 720p
  • [ The Pumphandle Drop ] and above - 720p upgraded to 1080p

Danny Choo Interviews Ishikawa

Mamoru Oshii Interview

Reward Guide

$5 [ The Schoolboy ]
$5 [ The Schoolboy ]
$15 [ The Monkey flip ]
$15 [ The Monkey flip ]
$30 [ The Pumphandle Drop ]
$30 [ The Pumphandle Drop ]
$45  [ The Cobra Clutch ]
$45 [ The Cobra Clutch ]
$60 [ The Pile Driver ]
$60 [ The Pile Driver ]
$100 [ The Russian Legsweep ]
$100 [ The Russian Legsweep ]
$250 [ The Spinning Spinebuster ]
$250 [ The Spinning Spinebuster ]
$500 [ The Cactus Clothesline ]
$500 [ The Cactus Clothesline ]
$1000 [ The Dragon Whip ] **SOLD OUT!**
$1000 [ The Dragon Whip ] **SOLD OUT!**
$10,000 [ The Michinoku Driver II ]
$10,000 [ The Michinoku Driver II ]

Press Coverage

English

Kickstarter Blog | Kotaku | Kotaku Australia | Ain't it cool news | Anime News Network | Danny Choo | Nerd Reactor | Crunchy Roll | Anime Anime | Ani-Gamers | Nishikata Film Review | Wild Grounds | Japanator | Anime Expo  | AnimeNation | Twitch | Toonzone | Neo Mag (UK) | Otaku USA | Otaku USA Staff Interview  | UK Anime Network | Flawfinder | Ghetto Manga | Flooby Nooby | Baka Laureate | Anime Viking | The Cart Driver | Grant Alexander | AQNB | WebStoodStupid | kennethladekjer | Awesome Robo | Animation road show | Raindrops and Daydreams | Propeller Anime | Anime World Order Podcast | Anime UK News | Satchiikoma | Okazu | Metanorn | Generation Bass

Code-Provider's Review of Kick-heart

日本語

Gigazine | ITMedia | Anime Anime | Tokyo Anime News | Web Anime Style | Famitsu | Yahoo.jp | My Navi | AniFav

Français

Catsuka | Catsuka "Nolife" TV Channel |  Wakanim | Anime Land

Italiano

Anime Click | Komix Jam

Español

Koi-Nya | AnimeMX | Japon Total | Retorno Anime

Russian (русский)

Animeonline.su | Kino-Govno | Otaku.ru

Indonesian

VGI

Singapore

Parka Blogs | Halcyon Realms | SG Cafe

Slovenian

Anime Slovenija

Social - Please follow our Facebook page or Twitter feed for additional updates and information.

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The Story

Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?

The film is directed by one of Japan's most innovative and original animation directors, Masaaki Yuasa. 

© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G
© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G

Why Kickstarter?

During the mid 80’s and 90’s Japanese animation directors, such as Mamoru Oshii, pioneered a new era of animation. Their films inspired animation fans around the world, including many well known Hollywood film directors.

Recently in Japan, its been very difficult for the next generation of innovators to create more artistically driven projects-- mainly because of the economic situation in Japan. Most of the focus has been put on creating projects that carry less risk-- such as remakes of older animation projects or well-known established properties. 

So we had an idea: What if we use Kickstarter as a platform to connect the fans across the globe who want to see cutting-edge animation, with highly skilled anime directors? By using crowdfunding to help support and promote these talented directors, we can enable them to push the boundaries of anime to inspire others to innovate alongside them.

This is a bit of an experiment for us, and we are trying to see if is possible to make these types of artistically driven films with the help of crowd-funding. If this goes well, we would definitely like to pursue more projects like this in the future.

About the Film

Kick-Heart will be a 2D animated short film that will be approximately 10 minutes in length and will be written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa. This film has just recently completed pre-production and layout.

During the campaign, we will be providing live updates during production and backers will get exclusive access to:

  • Production Artwork
  • Storyboards
  • Production blogs
  • Interviews with Production I.G staff

The Goal

Our goal is raise a minimum of $150,000 for this project. After the film is completed, we plan on submitting it to film festivals around the world. Anything raised above our minimum goal will go directly into the production of Kick-heart.

Here is how we intend to use the funds raised:

  • Increase the quality of animation
  • Increase the overall duration of the animation
  • Help offset the current production costs
  • Manufacturing costs for backers rewards (Blu-ray,Print materials etc)
  • Digital distribution costs for backers downloading the film
  • Festival submission fees

Pre-production Artwork

Below are some samples of the artwork created for this film:

Color Script

© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G
© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G

Character Designs

Maskman M
Maskman M
Maskman S
Maskman S
Devil Chicken & Vacuum Fat
Devil Chicken & Vacuum Fat
The Sister
The Sister

© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G

Background Designs

© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G
© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G

The Team

Masaaki Yuasa, Director

Masaaki Yuasa has been involved in many notable projects such as Crayon Shin-chan, Hakkenden, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Samurai Champloo, leading up to his directorial debut with Mind Game. His animation is cherished by the people who are familiar with his work and his style of animation is unlike anything being made. His work plays with themes of slapstick comedy and human drama.His drawings at first glance may look unrefined, but this intentional style becomes very dynamic and expressive when they are brought to life using hand-drawn Japanese animation.

Mamoru Oshii, Project Consultant

Mamoru Oshii, is considered one of Japan’s most famous and influential directors. He has written and directed such films as Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell, Avalon, Innocence and The Sky Crawlers and is known as a pioneer in the Japanese animation industry. He has received and been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigous Palme d'Or and Golden Lion. Oshii-san has graciously offered to help advise and consult on the film.

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, CEO Production I.G

Ishikawa founded Production I.G with popular character designer Takayuki Goto in 1987. The company has since produced a number of acclaimed feature films, OVA (original video animation), TV shows, and video games. Ghost in the ShellJin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, and Blood: The Last Vampire, have earned critical acclaim in Japan and all around the world. Innocence, directed by Mamoru Oshii in 2004, has been the first Japanese animation feature ever to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. 

Staff

Director, Animator : Masaaki Yuasa
Project Consultant : Mamoru Oshii
Character Designer, Animator : Michio Mihara
Color Coordinator, Animator : Eunyoung Choi
Background Artist : Kevin Aymeric
Music: Oorutaichi
Animation Production : Production I.G

Please help us Kickstart Kick Heart and show your support!

"Kick Heart" raconte l'histoire d'amour improbable d'un catcheur et d'une nonne. Le film est réalisé par Masaaki Yuasa au studio Production I.G sous la forme d'un court-métrage d'animation 2D de 10 minutes.

Pourquoi Kickstarter ?

La situation économique japonaise actuelle bride la création dans l'animation, favorisant les remakes et les franchises. En recourant au crowdfunding, nous souhaitons financer des oeuvres audacieuses et originales, faisant appel à la créativité des artistes les plus talentueux de l'animation japonaise.

Pour notre premier projet "Kick Heart", nous souhaitons réunir 150,000 dollars afin de financer le projet, voir allonger la durée du film. L'appel aux fonds servira également à promouvoir le film à l'étranger, notamment en festivals.

Durant notre campagne, nous donneront accès aux participants à un suivi de la production ainsi que contenus exclusifs tels que des artworks, storyboards, et interviews du staff.

L'équipe :

Masaaki Yuasa, (Réalisateur)
Masaaki Yuasa a travaillé sur de nombreux oeuvres majeures comme Crayon Shin-chan, Hakkenden, Mes voisins les Yamadas, ou Samurai Champloo avant de devenir réalisateur sur Mind Game. Son univers est un mélange de comédie décalée et de drame, dans un style graphique unique.

Mamoru Oshii, (Consultant de projet)

Mamoru Oshii a écrit et réalisé des films comme Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell, Avalon, Innocence et The Sky Crawlers. Il a été nommé à Cannes pour la Palme d'Or, et à Venise pour le Lion d'Or.

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (PDG de Production I.G)Mr Ishikawa a fondé en 1987 le studio Production I.G où sont nés des films comme Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, ou Blood: The Last Vampire.

作品について

『キックハート』は、湯浅政明脚本・
監督による約10分のアニメーションのショートフィルムです。

キックスターターにおける当該プロジェクトの目標額は150,000ドルです。作品完成後、世界中の映画祭に出品する予定です。

課金は、amazon.comのアカウントを通じたクレジット決済になっています。amazon.com でアカウントを持っていない方は、新規に登録をしていただく必要があります。10月30日の目標期限までに上記目標額に到達した場合、その時点で課金が発生する仕組みです。

資金の用途
・アニメーションのクオリティアップ
・作品の総尺の延長
・現在の制作部分の制作費の補填
・支援者への謝礼(Blu-ray Disc、印刷物等)の制作費
・支援者に作品をデジタルダウンロードしてもらうための費用
・映画祭への出品費用

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スタッフ
監督・作画: 湯浅政明
監修: 押井守
キャラクターデザイン・作画:三原三千夫
カラーコーディネート・作画:Eunyoung Choi
美術: Kevin Aymeric
音楽・音響監督:オオルタイチ
アニメーション制作: プロダクション I.G

どうか『キックハート』への支援をよろしくお願いします。

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Production I.G is a reputable studio that has been making animation for over 25 years. We are very confident that we will be able to deliver this animated film within our time estimation.

We feel that there is a low risk associated with this project. Sometimes productions get delayed due to unforeseen issues, such as story or design changes. Although we don't anticipate any delays, we would be sure to keep all backers informed of such delays and provide new time estimates for completion.

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