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Under The Dog Receives Kojima Endorsement

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.

Under The Dog poster

Masahiro Ando

Yusuke Kozaki

Hiroaki Yura

Jiro Ishii

Kinema Citrus

Orange Co




Confusion Cleared Up Over Metal Gear Solid & Ground Zeroes

At the recent GDC, Hideo Kojima took the covers off the Metal Gear Solid V trailer and released it onto the world. But despite Kojima being on hand for the proceedings, there was still confusion with fans thinking that The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes were one and the same.


Today the issue was cleared up with the announcement that the two titles are in fact two separate games. Jay Boor, Konami’s Director of Public Relations, had the following to say, “Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games. GZ will be a prologue to The Phantom Pain.” When he was pressed further about the platforms they’d be appearing on, he reaming tightlipped regarding Ground Zeroes. However he did reveal that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is “definitely 360 and PS3.”

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain GDC 2013 Trailer

A few of you have probably seen this already but it’s so awesome, we thought we’d post it as well. The trailer previously known as a teaser called The Phantom Pain launched a barrage speculation on the interwebs with many claims of this being the new Metal Gear Solid V. And this time, speculation was correct.

The trailer from the recent GDC, show off the Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine which looks amazing. Incredible texture detail on the faces of the medical staff, rain effects and more. No doubt this game will have a huge presence at Tokyo Game Show ’13!

Kojima Speaks Up About Using Metal Gear Concepts In Other Games

Metal Gear series creator, Hideo Kojima, was recently speaking to EGM about the Metal Gear series and development of games outside the MGS franchise. He has previously mentioned that he’d love to do some work on games that aren’t Metal Gear related however he invariably always returns to the series he made famous but there is also a positive spin to this.

“I’m often misinterpreted,” Kojima feels. “I’ve always said that I want to work on original properties, but Metal Gear offers plenty of benefits. The Fox Engine, for example, took a lot of time and money [to create]; we were only able to develop it because it was intended for the next Metal Gear.”

Kojima then continues to add: “In the next game, I’m introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear brand.”

IS the next game he’s referring to Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes or maybe something that hasn’t had the covers taken off yet? However Hideo is also currently involved with another project, a game called Project Ogre, a game which utilises the Fox Engine.

Sneak Peek At Raiden From The MGS Demo

Hideo Kojima, Twitter addict and creator of Metal Gear Solid, has been at it again and tweeted a quick shot of character Raiden from the series as he will be seen in the exclusive demo for Tokyo Game Show. Looking good and very polished, don’t forget Japandaman will be bringing you impressions from the show floor and all the games we can handle!

A Closer Look At Snake In Ground Zeroes

Fresh off the exciting news regarding the upcoming Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes, today we have a better close up look at Snake looking a bit old in the eye and is that white hair, or just the lighting? Hideo Kojima assures Twitter followers that it’s the lighting in this case.

Kojima also added via Twitter, “Saw many tweet about Snake in grey hair after taking off the goggle. This is due to the rim-lighting.” He then posted another pic of Snake, the same pic used in the announcement for the title but this time without the goggles.

Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes Gameplay Video

Konami used the currently running PAX 2012 event in Seattle to show off some realtime footage from the newly announced, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes. Creator, Hideo Kojima, was on hand to personally introduce the demo which ran for 15 minutes from a PC.

Kojima did mention during the demo that even though it was running from a PC, the hardware specs in the machine were comparable to a PS3. Later on, the US Playstation blog did confirm that Ground Zeroes would be coming to the PS3.

Damn…this looks gorgeous!

When asked where exactly does Ground Zeroes fit into the series’ timelime, Kojima did say, “We’re not going to say that it’s Metal Gear Solid 5, but it is a prologue.”

Metal Gear Film Receives Green Light

Breaking news out of Japan is saying that a movie production of Metal Gear Solid has finally received a green light. The announcement was made at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event today in Tokyo with production duties being handled by Avi Arad, who usually looks after the Marvel Comics movies.

The film will be released through Columbia Pictures with no word as yet on script, casting or if the movie will be adapted from a game in the series. Series creator, Hideo Kojima, has gone on record saying that he’s been waiting for years for the right person to take this on and he believes that Avi is the right person for the job.

The following images are from Famitsu.com taken during the announcement today.

A Peek At The Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Stage

Hideo Kojima has given the internet an early peek at what the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary stage looked like before the proceedings took place.

Some cool pics below of the stage, holding room for the cyborgs, a room for the figures to sleep and various staff getting fitted out with their clothes for the event.

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