Many amazing products (e.g. Borderlands 2) have benefited from crowd sourcing efforts on Kickstarter, and now Production I.G has collaborated with director Masaaki Yuasa has taken the first attempt in the animation industry to secure funds of $150,000 for a 10 minute anime short.
The film is titled Kick-Heart, and it will be a 2D animated short film that will be approximately 10 minutes in length and will be written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa.
Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo’s secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?
I would love to see this project succeed and then more companies coming forth to utilise Kickstarter to create more original project, and maybe more hidden gems might be uncovered.