A few months ago I posted a teaser trailer for the omnibus animation project by Otomo Katsuhiro, with renowned animation directors like Koji Morimoto, Hiroaki Ando and Morita Shuhei each helming a short.
Now the official website has been updated to include director interviews, image galleries and concept art for each animated short, and not the least a gorgeous splash page montage as you see above. (the tagline reads something like : “This is where it all starts.”)
Check out some images from the gallery and scroll down to the bottom for the latest trailer.
Folks familiar with Otomo-san’s work will recognize “Farewell To Weapons” (Buki Yo Saraba) as one of the short stories found in his Memories manga. Character design for this short is handled by the incredibly talented concept designer/illustrator Tatsuyuki “Cannabis Works” Tanaka. In addition, character design work for Gambo, directed by Hiroaki Ando ( co-director of Tekkon Kinkreet ) is none other than Sadamoto Yoshiyuki.
This project is shaping up to be one of the more exciting anime films of late, and especially because many of the artists involved are colleagues I worked with on Freedom Project.
The film starts its theatrical run on the 20th of July. Go here for the official page.