The Anime Mirai project has announced the latest rounds of proposals that it has accepted for funding. Ultra Super Pictures, A-1 Pictures, Shinei Animation and Studio 4°C will each receive 38 million yen from the Agency for Cultural Affairs funded Japan Animation Creators Association to foster the talent of young animators while producing half hour shorts.
Studio: Ultra Super Pictures (Black Rock Shooter)
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve)
Producer: Ryousuke Inagaki (Samurai Champloo, Panty and Stocking)
Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Space Brothers)
Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, Doraemon)
Producer: Makoto Sotozaki (same)
Title: Ookii Ichiinensei to Chiisana Ninensei
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation (Doraemon, Crayon Shinchan)
Director: Kazuaki Imai (Doraemon episode director, animator on Summer Wars)
Producer: Maiko Okada
Title: Parol to Mirai Shima (tentative title)
Studio: Studio 4°C (Berserk movies)
Director: Naoyuki Onda (Berserk character designer/chief animation director)
Producer: Eiko Tanaka
Title: Kaze no Sorashita
15 studios submitted 17 proposals this year.
2013 shorts included Madhouse's "Death Billiards," Studio Trigger's "Little Witch Academia", Gonzo's "Ryo" and ZEXCS's "Aruvu Rezuru - Mechanized Fairies."