Anime Kickstarter project out of Japan, Under The Dog, has received a boost towards its goal of $580,000. Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame has thrown his support behind the project with the following quote:
“Coming with the permeation of the internet [in our daily lives], “creating” and a production’s “financing” structure have changed significantly.
Now, new methods of “creating” are being put to the test, where direct communication between the creator and the global user has become the norm and the creator is not bound by the former traditional investor or clientele. In such circumstances right now, a writer with remarkable talent, Jiro Ishii, who brought to the world numerous renowned adventure games during his “salary man” days, has now taken up the torch in order to challenge the traditions and establish this new future of “creating.” This is “Under the Dog,” the crowdfunding effort for an indie anime based on Jiro Ishii’s original story.
One cannot help but pay close attention to this project. One cannot help but cheer on this project. In particular, how can this creator who garners cult-like popularity catalyze a new chemical reaction [in the industry] by putting an emphasis on “creating,” which stands apart from the typical commercial oriented projects? One cannot help but look forward to this succeeding.
Jiro Ishii’s indie challenge will not only change the path for “creating,” but at the same time declare the answer for the question: Can game designers be accepted by the world as storytellers in [other mediums] as well?”
As of writing, Under The Dog has raised $616,732 of its $580,000 goal which is amazing and means this amazing 24 minute anime will go into production. If you’ve come to the party late and aren’t up to speed with this exciting project with some amazing names behind it, I’ve included a trailer along with some information on the people behind it and some amazing artwork.