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France's Shibuya Int'l Plans 'Birth' Short with Final Fantasy's Amano

posted on by Egan Loo
Vampire Hunter D illustrator is art director; Macross Plus singer Akino Arai composes

Shibuya International, a French production company, announced this month that it is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an animated film short called "Birth" with art direction by Yoshitaka Amano and music by Akino Arai. The 3-minute "dreamlike" short is set in the vastness of space, where an unexpected event occurs … a birth.

Amano is arguably best known for his contributions to the Vampire Hunter D and Final Fantasy franchises, as well as his collaboration with English graphic novelist Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters. He joined Tatsunoko Production at the age of 15, and worked on Time Bokan, Hutch, the Honeybee, and Shinzo Ningen Casshan. He also created Yasai no Yousei - N.Y. Salad, a television anime about the secret nocturnal life of vegetables in a New York kitchen, which inspired a 3D film in 2010. Amano had been planning Deva Zan, his first, full-length 3D anime film with his Studio Devaloka.

Arai sang songs for Windaria, Macross Plus, Outlaw Star, Noir, and many other anime. She also composed and wrote songs for Studio Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea, Record of Lodoss War, and Spice and Wolf II, among others.

Shibuya International had previously collaborated with Amano on an art exhibition at France's Cannes. The company is also celebrating its 10th anniversary with Windwalkers: Chronicle of the 34th Horde, a feature film adaptation of Alain Damasio's heroic fantasy novel. Jan Kounen (Dobermann, Blueberry) is helming this project with art director Marc Caro (Delicatessen).

[Via Catsuka]

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