Date: 2017 March 27 15:50
Posted by Joe
The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just announced they've teamed up with anime studio STUDIO4°C to launch a Kickstarter for animated film Mind Game to help bring about a blu-ray release. The film is directed by Masaaki Yuasa who is best known for anime The Tatami Galaxy, The Tatami Galaxy, plus the series 6 episode of Adventure Time Food Chain.
Masaaki Yuasa also worked with Production I.G to create Kick-Heart, we interviewed Production I.G. asking them what it's like to work with the director.
Anime Limited are no strangers to successful crowd funding campaigns having launched Mai Mai Miracle campaign, then later a Patema Inverted UK Kickstarter which was funded in 5 hours!
The Mind Game Kickstarter launches on Thursday, 30th March at 12pm BST.
Press release as follows:
STUDIO4°C and Anime Limited Partner Up to Kickstart the Blu-ray Release of Cult Classic MIND GAME
Glasgow, UK March 27, 2017 - Anime Limited are excited to announce partnering with STUDIO4°C to help Kickstart the blu-ray home video edition of the hit cult film MIND GAME by award winning director Masaaki Yuasa.
MIND GAME made waves in 2004 to much critical praise, launching director Masaaki Yuasa’s unique creative vision onto the world. As a directorial debut, it doesn’t get much more striking - and now 13 years later, STUDIO4°C are looking to bring you this cult classic on blu-ray with the help of a passionate animation community via Kickstarter.
About MIND GAME
Nishi has always loved Myon since they were little. And now as adults, he wants to pursue his dream of becoming a manga artist and marrying his childhood sweetheart. There's one problem, though. She's already been proposed to and thinks Nishi is too much of a wimp. But upon meeting the fiancé while at her family's diner and accepting him as a good guy, they encounter a couple of yakuza, only to have Nishi grasp a certain revelation. And, with his newly acquired look on life, adventures abound as he, Myon, and her sister, Yan, escape the yakuza into a most unlikely location where they meet an old man...
About Masaaki Yuasa
Masaaki Yuasa is a highly acclaimed director working outside the mold of traditional Japanese animation, slicing open the conventions of Anime on his own terms. Yuasa is known for directing such works as Ping Pong, Kaiba, and Tatami Galaxy, and has worked in many corners of the field as a storyboardist, screenwriter, animator, and co-founder of Science SARU animation studio. Utilizing a vibrancy and a crudeness that liberates, Yuasa’s work is revered for its wildness and invention. His style is infused with a broad variety of influences and his narratives are unapologetically raw, fresh, and bizarre, creating a new form of psychedelia.
STUDIO4℃ is a creative studio consistently producing high-quality film and video work. Its distinctive outputs traverse genre and are highly acclaimed worldwide. Major works are theatrical movies such as "MEMORIES" (1995), "Spriggan" (1998), "MIND GAME" (2004), "Tekkonkinkreet" (2006), "Genius Party" (2007), "BERSERK The Golden Age Arc" trilogy (2012), and more. The latest film "HARMONY " (2015) was released in theaters in November 2015 (Japan). There are also many co-production titles with international companies such as "The ANIMATRIX", "BATMAN: Gotham Knight", game "HALO", TV series "THUNDERCATS". In addition, STUDIO4℃ has been creating cutting edge visual works for various media from short films, music clips to commercials.
For their distinctive animation style and quality, STUDIO4℃ has received many awards in Japan and around the world. Taken from the fact that water is at its densest at 4℃, the company name represents STUDIO4℃’s creative manifesto: "Always create works that are dense with substance and quality."
About the Kickstarter
Anime Limited are working with STUDIO4°C to crowdfund a blu-ray release of this cult masterpiece to come in 2017. While the Kickstarter aims to raise £4,500 in funding, STUDIO4°C will raise and contribute the remainder.
This comes at a very exciting time as MIND GAME has never had a HD release on home video - and with Masaaki Yuasa’s two new films on the horizon for later this year, this is an exciting opportunity to see where it all began for the enigmatic director.
Backers of the Kickstarter will get their hands on a collector’s edition blu-ray release of the film as well as additional rewards. Plus, it’s a great way to support the early works of one of the top directors coming out of Japan and help bring it to home video for fans outside Japan.
The MIND GAME Kickstarter launches on Thursday, 30th March at 12pm BST.