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MAPPA Crowdfunds In This Corner of the World Film

Animation studio MAPPA and production company GENCO revealed on Monday the crowdfunding site for their film In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni). Based on a manga by Fumiyo Kono (Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms), In This Corner of the World traces the “humble daily life” of a woman living in Kure, Hiroshima during World War II.

The film, which was initially announced in 2012, is aiming to raise 20 million yen (about $165,000) via Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake. Tiers range from 2,000 to 1,000,000 yen. In the lowest tier, backers will receive a letter from the film’s main character, while at the 1,000,000 yen level, backers will be invited to a special production meeting and have their names in the end credits.

A Japanese address is required to register on Makuake, making overseas donations difficult (without some workarounds) at this time.

In This Corner of the World is being directed by Sunao Katabuchi, best-known for Mai Mai Miracle and Black Lagoon. It’s being animated at MAPPA, the studio started by Madhouse founder Masao Murayama and is produced by GENCO (Sword Art Online).

An article on news site Anime Anime explains that while the film has a popular manga artist and director on board, it’s an original project with no ties to video games or TV anime and as such, it’s been difficult to raise funds.

Though the crowdfunding goal of $165,000 won’t pay for the whole film, the goal is to either use it to pay for staff guarantees or a pilot film.

The original manga on which the film is based was previously released by JManga online as To All The Corners of the World, but is currently unavailable in English.

Source: Anime Anime

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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.