Anime Creators Join Forces for "Tokino Kousa" Animated Experience

Crowdfunding kicks off for art show featuring "your name." artist


Shibuya's scramble crossing is one of the busiest and most famous spots in the world. It's featured in films and anime -- and now it's the focus of a dynamic animation project, Tokino Kousa.

The 60-second featurette integrates a mix of live-action, animation, and sound design to create a picture of the site over the last 10,000 years. Model Yane stars, in both live and animated forms.


Check out the YouTube cut:



Tokyo Joushi director Hiroaki Matsu served as creative director, with Ryoichiro Matsuo (Black Lagoon, In This Corner of the World) as animation producer. Minakata Labs (known for music video work, including Vocaloid collaborations) handled animation production.


And if those amazing backgrounds look familiar to you, they should: they're by Garden of Words and your name. artist Yoshitoshi Shinomiya, who's become renowned among anime fans for his gorgeous natural settings.



The project is finished and ready to be viewed -- but to bring people closer to the action, a crowdfunding campaign has kicked off to host an art exhibition bringing the sights and sounds of the production up close. The goal is 1.8 million yen, and the group is already well on their way.


Backer rewards include autographed photos, booklets, clear files, and original production art. Big spenders (1 million yen for individuals, 5 million yen for corporate accounts) can even score a commission from Shinomiya!


The all-or-nothing campaign closes out in 65 days.


>> Tokino Kousa on

Source: Anime! Anime!




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her work can currently be read in Stranger Tales of the City from Obverse Books.

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