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Kick-Heart reaches, exceeds goal

This week marked the deadline for the funding of Kick-Heart, the crowd-funded anime short by Production I.G. and Masaaki Yuasa. With the ringing of the closing bell came good news: not only had Kick-Heart met its $150,000 goal, backers had helped reach a total of more than $200,000.

With that extra cash, the studio plans to add two minutes to the short for a total of 12 minutes, plus an English dub with help from Richard Epcar, best known as the English voice of Ghost in the Shell’s Batou.

As we’ve previously reported [link to interview], Kick-Heart is an upcoming short from director Masaaki Yuasa and studio Production I.G., who decided to fund the film via crowd-funding website Kickstarter, a popular funding source for independent projects.

The story, from the mind of the irrepressibly strange and wonderful Yuasa (Mind Game, Tatami Galaxy), is a love story between a pro-wrestler and a nun, named Romeo and Juliet, who meet in the ring. The anticipated completion date is April of next year.

Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), a longtime collaborator with Production I.G. who’s serving as a consultant on the project, was recently interviewed about it in a short video:

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.