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Hiroyasu Ishida, the animation student who created a worldwide online hit with his "Fumiko's Confession" ("Fumiko no Kokuhaku") anime short, will screen his newest anime short at the Kyoto International Manga Museum this month. Ishida has been studying in the Animation department at Kyoto Seika University's famed Faculty of Manga. Along with fellow student Shogo Yoshida, he has been working on his "rain town" anime short as his graduation project for at least two years.
Between February 16 and February 20, the Kyoto International Manga Museum will present "rain town" and the other graduation projects from Kyoto Seika's Faculty of Manga as part of "Kyoto Manga and Animation Week." Ishida also entered the short in Studio 4°C and Kyoto Seika's E-ma Academix competition, which is running from February 8 to February 27.
The 5th TOHO Cinemas Student Film Festival nominated "rain town" and six other works in its short animation category. The final stage of the festival will be held at Tokyo's Odaiba Cinema Mediage theater on March 13.
Ishida posted a one-minute promotional video for "rain town" on his YouTube account in 2008. At the time, he predicted that the final "rain town" short will be about four minutes long.
Since November of 2009, "Fumiko's Confession" has been played over 1.3 million times on YouTube and over 500,000 times on Nico Nico Douga. Among other honors, it won a YouTube Video Award, Tokyo Anime Awards' Student Award of Excellence, and a special mention at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. It is currently screening as an Excellence Prize winner in the Japanese government's 14th Japan Media Arts Festival.