THE STAFF, STUDIOS AND ANIMATIONS FOR ANIME MIRAI 2014 HAVE BEEN REVEALED.FROM TOP LEFT GOING CLOCKWISE:
- "HARMONIE" (ARUMONI)
Every person has his or her own little world. Among the 34 bustling students of classroom 2-1, there are many such worlds.
Akio Honj 's world -- my world -- is filled with passionate talk about last night's anime with Yoshida, Watanabe, and other friends. It's an fun, comfortable place . But, I always wonder. Wonder about the world of Juri Makina, smiling and surrounded by gorgeous friends on the other side of the classroom.
One day, I enter her world. But it's not as simple as it sounds.
Studio:Ultra Super Pictures
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Kimi no Iru Machi, Eve no Jikan, Patema Inverted)
Character Design:Atsushi Ikariya (Attack on Titan, Fate/Zero, Fullmetal Alchemist: Star of Milos)
Animation Director: Atsushi Ikariya
-KII ICHINENSEI TO CHIISANA NINENSEI (THE BIG FIRST-GRADER AND THE SMALL SECOND-GRADER)
First-grader Masaya is a crybaby despite his large stature, so he can't walk by himself on the dark path to school. The one who holds his hand is Akiyo, a tiny but capable second-grader.
Masaya wants to be strong like Akiyo and admires her, but one day, something happens that leaves Akiyo in tears. To lift Akiyo's spirits, Masaya goes trekking to the distant Ipponsugi forest to find the spotted bellflowers that Akiyo loves.
Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Danchi Tomoo)
Character Designer: Shizue Kaneko (Spirited Away, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
Animation Director:Keiichirou Matsui (Broken Blade (movie series), Working!!)
- "KURO NO SU -CHRONOS-"
Makoto Nakazono is a high school student with a small dark secret. Since he was little, he has had the mysterious power to see "black entities" that steal souls.
One day, he is suddenly interrogated by one of the "black entities," Akira Seno: "Will you get in our way?" But Makoto replies with an air of resignation, "There's nothing I can do anyway, so I won't."
At that moment, Makoto didn't notice the threatening shadow approaching his childhood friend Hazuki
Studio: Studio 4 C
Director: Naoyuki Onda (character designs on Ai no Kusabi, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of The King, Ergo Proxy)
Character Design:Yasuyuki Shimizu (Dragon Ball (movie series), Steamboy)
Animation Director: Yasuyuki Shimizu
- "PARORU NO MIRAIJIMA" (PARORU'S FUTURE ISLAND)
There is a tiny island floating on the other side of a distant sea. Strange animals, still unknown to humans, live there. One of the island's children, Paroru Z zu Rikotto, comes across a photo of the human world one day, and fascinated by this beautiful wonder, breaks the rules and rushes out of the island. Paroru and others are surprised and excited to see the human world for the first time. However, unforeseen pitfalls await them there . Can they safely reach their journey's destination?
Studio: Shinei Animation
Director: Kazuaki Imai (Doraemon, Valkyria Chronicles)
Character Design: Yoshimichi Kameda (Asura Cryin' 2, Evangelion 3.0: You Can(Not) Redo)
Animation Director: Yoshimichi Kameda
If you've never heard of this, in Anime Mirai or The Young Animators Training Project several studios create and submit an anime project as their entry bid, from which four studios are chosen for sponsorship by the Government to create anime shorts based on their project bid in order to help train and teach new junior animators
I'm looking quite forward to this, as with each new Anime Mirai sponsorship the entries keep getting better and better, as last year's Little Witch Academia can attest, having gain so much popularity that it got its own DVD/Blu Ray release, and even managed to get funding for a second film within less than a week through Studio Trigger's Kickstarter that was held earlier this year^w^