Hey, remember Kick Heart, Production I.G. and Masaaki Yuasa's (he of Samurai Champloo fame) crowd-funded ten-minute short film of love, nunnery, and professional wrestling? Well, it's happening! The project has officially met its $150,000 funding goal, which means, well, that it's going to happen!
In case you have never heard of such a thing, here's the pitch:
Well, kick-start my heart, that sounds like something I'd want to watch! Now, with just under a week to go, Yuasa and crew have unveiled their stretch goals for the project. If they can score $175k, they'll add subtitles en Español, and $200k will finance an English dub, featuring, among others, Richard Epcar, the voice of Ghost in the Shell's Batou. The last realistic goal, at $225k, will make a 3- to 5-minute music video of "Oorutaichi", directed by Yuasa.
The far-off dreams include $400k for 30 minutes of additional footage, and a cool million will turn Kick Heart from short film...to feature film.
While I doubt those last goals will happen, that Kick Heart is happening at all is a relief. Put simply, they don't really make shows like this anymore. Today's industry relies on anime with a guaranteed return on investment, which usually means employing tropes, conventions, and carefully-targeted appeals to the otaku audience. Gems do float to the surface, but by and large, this is the somewhat disheartening status quo.
Kick Heart sounds like a project born of love, even if it did take pitching to the crowd to make this dream an eventual reality.
Get working, Yuasa and Production I.G.! We expect good things!
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