Gainax Fukushima Animates 2-Minute Short for Tohoku Earthquake Campaign

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Anime studio Gainax Fukushima is streaming its animated short to promote Fukushima and Tohoku last week. The short is titled "Omoi no Kakera" (Fragments of Feelings) and was created as part of the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Campaign.

The two-minute short follows junior high student Rina Satō (voiced by Kiyono Yasuno), an energetic girl living in a seaport town in Tohoku. Her mother (Miho Arakawa) passed away during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and now she lives with her father in temporary housing. Over the course of the short, Rina remembers her mother and the effects of the earthquake.

Yoshinori Asao wrote the screenplay and served as general director while Shouji Saeki (Medaka Box) directed and storyboarded the short. Manami Umeshita (Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3) designed the characters and Taiiku Okazaki scored the music.

Gainax Fukushima's website will publish a making-of video in the future. The branch also animated a series of commercials for TOHO Bank. Shorts based on warlord Date Masamune are also in the works.

[Via Kai-You]

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