Masaaki Yuasa & I.G's 'Kick-Heart' Runs on Toonami Tonight

posted on by Egan Loo
Crowdfunded anime short about wrestlers to run after Evangelion 2.22 at 2:30 a.m. EDT

Adult Swim's Toonami block revealed on Saturday that it will run Masaaki Yuasa and Production I.G's crowd-funded animated short film "Kick-Heart" later that night. It will run as a "Surprise" special event after Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance film at 2:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday, and again at 3:45 a.m. EDT.

Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?

The short premiered in Tokyo in May, and then was shown in competition at this year's Annecy in France in June. The film was also screened at Anime Expo last month, and screened at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. It was also screened at Laemmle's Royale Theatre in Los Angeles in July with the intention of qualifying for an Oscar nomination.

Thanks to Hypeathon and tangytangerine for the news tips

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