Kenji Studio’s Kickstarter campaign to create a fantasy anime film called Coluboccoro has succeeded. The original campaign aimed to raise a total of $38,200 by May 01st and it has done that with just 9 days to go. At the time of writing, there are 349 backers pledging $38,648. Here’s more information on the film:
It is a time not of the now. At the birthplace of culture and religion. Where science has evolved amongst a gathering of races and people both high and low. In a town, with a ruler. Like any other town, unlike any other ruler. Suzu, the girl’s name is. Her parents lost to her at a young age, her days strict with an upbringing befitting of the now and future sovereign. But doubt had crept in for the life she lived. So out she stole one day, to that place one must never set foot, to the Forbidden Grounds. Far above the town the Forbidden Grounds lay. And there, Suzu finds a seed, the likes of which she has never seen before. What kind of seed could it be? Wondering, she wanders back and waters the seed… And there, it sprouts right before her eyes, a mysterious creature popping up from the dirt!
A startled Suzu timidly speaks, “…and you are?”
“Colu!” it peeped.
Suzu returns to the Forbidden Grounds, to find out just what the creature is. Beyond lays a world she has never seen, the secret of the town waiting hidden. And just like that, destinies are laid bare. All possibilities become one thread, spinning the ultimate truth. Will Suzu take hold and lead it to the end?
The Coluboccoro Kickstarter campaign is the latest project from Kenji Itoso, an animator who has worked with Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki. He is most famous for being the director of Santa Company. Coluboccoro is based on a fantasy short that Itoso produced with Anime Innovation Tokyo. The film went on to win the grand prize in the Creative Market Tokyo 2011 event and this helped put into motion his plans for making Santa Company. With time left to make the project the creators of the campaign released an update cheering the fact that the goal was met as well as detailing their intention of adding 8 minutes of footage. Also on the updates page is a three minute sneak preview of the anime with English subtitles.