Production I.G Updates Status of Masaaki Yuasa's "Kick-Heart"

2D anime "Kick-Heart" to tell love story between a pro-wrestler and a nun

Back in October, Masaaki Yuasa, the director of highly praised and unconventional anime such as Tatami Galaxy and Mind Game, along with studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell), launched a Kickstarter effort to raise $150,000 to crowd fund production on 2D animated short Kick-Heart. By the end of the month, it topped $200,000 to cover an English dub with Richard Epcar (Ghost in the Shell's Batou) and an LA premiere sponsored by Titmouse Animation Studios (Metalocalypse).

 

Currently, progress stands at: 

  • The Japanese voice cast has been recorded. This known as “AR” or “afureko” in Japan which is short for “After Recording” in English
  • The final color has been completed
  • The final audio mix has been completed
  • Overall production for the film has been completed
 

Here is what is remaining on the list of things to do:

  • English Dub in LA
  • Fan Dub in LA - Stay tuned, more information about this coming soon...
  • French, Spanish subtitles
  • Film festival submissions
  • DVD/Bluray authoring
  • Reward production and distribution
  • Ship rewards (estimated delivery April 2013)

 

From Team Kick-heart's update "Here are some images from the final animation we thought you might enjoy."

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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