Exclusive: American/Japanese Anime Project 'Indigo Ignited' Debuts Pilot

posted on 2017-08-08 16:00 EDT
Henry Thurlow directs pilot based on American indie comic

Japan-based, American-run animation studio D'Art Shtajio's first project, "Indigo Ignited," debuted its eight-minute pilot film on Tuesday.

The staff plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Henry Thurlow (animator on Sweetness & Lightning, Naruto Shippūden, Tokyo Ghoul) directed the pilot, Arthell Isom (A Letter to Momo, Blood-C, Gintama) painted the backgrounds as art director, Yoshiharu Ashino (D.Gray-man Hallow, Azuki-chan) served as the storyboard artist, Asuka Tsubuki (Gugure! Kokkuri-san) served as the animation director, Rejean Dubois designed the characters, and David Butler directed the musical score. D'Art Shtajio was the main production studio, though the project was initially tied to Bang Bang Animation, where Thurlow previously worked. Bang Bang Animation is no longer involved with the project.

The anime is based on an independently published comic of the same name by Americans David Pinter and Samuel Dalton. The website describes the story:

Enter the world of INDIGO IGNITED, a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy anime. A shattered world sustained by bloodshed and built upon the remnants of an ancient order that was abolished in their conquest to rid the world of Fear. Driven out of their homeland, KIERAN and his comrades descend into a maddened environment driven by chaos in hopes of being the last ember of light within a darkened world.

Nathan Sharp (Luck & Logic, NateWantsToBattle) is voicing Kieran, Sean Chiplock (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) is voicing The Alderman, and Amanda Lee (Rio - Rainbow Gate!, LeeandLie) is voicing Galena.

Arthell Isom, his brother Darnell Isom (Avatar, Pacific Rim, TMNT), and Thurlow established D'Art Shtajio to act as a bridge between the Japanese animation industry and outside markets. In particular, the studio aims to assist foreigners seeking to produce anime-style videos from Japanese studios. The studio also developed a 50-second teaser based on Stephane Metayer's Tephlon Funk! independently published comic.

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