CLAMP and Production I.G Collaborate on BLOOD-C Project

Apr 12th 2011
Production I.G announces the BLOOD-C project, a new chapter of the world-famous Blood: The Last Vampire saga started in 2000 and now one of the studio's flagship titles.

BLOOD-C is a creative collaboration between Production I.G and popular all-female artist group CLAMP, supervised by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the key members of the team that developed the original concept for Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) and who later directed the TV Series BLOOD+ (2005).

Like the former chapters of the saga, BLOOD-C will feature a heroine called Saya, her full name being Saya Kisaragi.

The BLOOD-C project is structured as a TV series, to be aired in Japan on MBS/TBS starting July 2011, and a theatrical feature film, slated for 2012. The TV series will be directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, helmer of the Annecy-nominated feature film, xxxHOLiC - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on CLAMP's million-selling comic and produced by Production I.G


ABOUT THE "BLOOD" SERIES
Theatrically released in 2000, Blood: The Last Vampire was Japan's first fully digital animated film, and also Production I.G's first and highly successful attempt to create a project based on a fully in-house developed original concept. A dream team including Mamoru Oshii, Junichi Fujisaku and Kenji Kamiyama assembled for this purpose. The movie featured Saya, a teenage girl in school uniform slashing metamorphic monsters with a Japanese sword ?a unique concept contributed by Junichi Fujisaku. Combining this powerful heroine with stunningly cutting-edge animation, Blood: The Last Vampire has been mesmerizing moviegoers and renowned creators alike all over the world, starting from James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. The character of Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was reportedly inspired by Saya. In 2005, I.G expanded the movie's concept with Blood+ -a 50-episode TV series, which reached out to a wider market. The "Blood" franchise includes comic adaptations, novels, and videogames. In 2009, a live-action remake directed by Chris Nahon, starring Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-hyun) and produced by Pathé was released worldwide.


ABOUT CLAMP
Debuting in 1987 with RG Veda, CLAMP is an all-female Japanese comic artist group consisting of Nanase Okawa, who provides the storyline and screenplay, and three artists whose roles shift for each series: Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi. As of today, over 100 million CLAMP comic volumes have been sold worldwide. Their works include, X (1992), Magic Knight Rayearth (1993), Card Captor Sakura (1996), xxxHOLiC (2002-2011, over 11 million copies sold in Japan alone, #6 best-selling manga in USA according to New York Times in 2009), Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (2003~2009, over 20 million copies in Japan alone, #5 best-selling book on Waldenbooks' list in 2004). CLAMP comics and their animated adaptations are released in many countries and have gained the artists a huge fan base on global scale.


ABOUT TSUTOMU MIZUSHIMA
Born on December 6, 1965 in Nagano Prefecture, Tsutomu Mizushima joined animation studio Shin'ei Doga as a production manager in 1986. He served as episodic director for the TV series Crayon Shin-chan since 2001, and later directed two feature films based on the same character, Crayon Shin-chan: Storming Glorious Grilled Beef Road (2003) and Crayon Shin-chan: Storming Sunset Kasukabe Boys (2004). His feature film, xxxHOLiC - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005), based on CLAMP's million-selling comic and produced by Production I.G, was selected for the feature film competition of Annecy in 2006. Mizushima further directed two TV series and four straight-to-video episodes based on the xxxHOLiC comic series.


ABOUT PRODUCTION I.G
Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the world's leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), "Jin-Roh" (2000), "Blood: The Last Vampire" (2000), "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (animation segment, 2003), "Innocence" (2004), "The Sky Crawlers" (2008) and "Oblivion Island" (2009), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.

Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com

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