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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Katsuhiro Otomo's new anime: SHORT PEACE


  • An omnibus of four shorts by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Memories, Steamboy) and other leading anime creators.

    The four shorts are:

    "Combustible" ("Hi-no-youjin")
    Screenplay, Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
    Character Design, Visual Concept: Hidekazu Ohara (Memories' Cannon Fodder)
    Music: Makoto Kubota

    "Tsukumo"
    Screenplay, Director: Shuhei Morita (Kakurenbo, Freedom)
    Original Story Concept, Conceptual Design: Keisuke Kishi

    "Gambo"
    Director: Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!)
    Original Story Concept, Screenplay, Creative Director: Katsuhito Ishii (Redline, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Taste of Tea)
    Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, .hack, Summer Wars)

    "Buki yo Saraba" (A Farewell to Arms)
    Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo
    Screenplay, Director: Hajime Katoki (mechanical designs in Gundam franchise, Super Robot Wars)
    Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Tojin Kit)

    In addition, Koji Morimoto (The Animatrix's Beyond, Memories' Magnetic Rose, Noiseman Sound Insect, Genius Party's Dimension Bomb) contributed the film's opening animation.

    Short Peace assembles "top creators at the leading edge of Japanese animation, exploring possible future avenues of expression." Short Peace is also the title of a collection of Otomo's manga shorts that was first published in the 1970s. Yasumasa Tsuchiya is producing the shorts at Sunrise.

    "Combustible" already debuted in a preview screening in Japan last year, and the Annecy Film Festival in France presented both "Combustible" and "Tsukumo" as nominated works last June. "Combustible" also played at the Platform International Animation Festival in Los Angeles in October. The short won the Grand Prize in the Animation division of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards and the Noburou Oofuji Award in the 67th Annual Mainichi Film Awards.

    The omnibus film will open in Japan on July 20.
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