is a Japanese promotional project by Nissin Cup Noodles for their 35th anniversary in 2006. As part of the project, the 7-part OVA series, titled Freedom
, was commissioned with Katsuhiro Otomo — the creator of Akira
fame — serving as the character and mecha designer. The director of the series is Shuhei Morita, creator of the award-winning animation short Kakurenbo
. The series openly flaunts product placement of the corporate sponsor in numerous scenes where characters are shown consuming Nissin Cup Noodles
The OVA is animated and produced by Sunrise and distributed by Bandai Visual. It is being distributed in North America by Bandai Visual USA http://www.bandaivisual.us/products.html. "Freedom Committee" is the collective term used for the entire creative team behind Freedom
, which includes animators and production staff members who have previously worked on Steamboy
The theme song for the series, titled "This is Love", is performed by popular Japanese pop singer Utada Hikaru. A second song, Kiss & Cry, Utada Hikaru's 19th Japanese single, was used for Nissin's 5th television commercial for Freedom, which began airing in Japan from 20th April 2007.